2020 Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have been friends for quite some time. Politically, both Warren and Sanders are deeply aligned with one another.
Not only are they both senators, but they each pride themselves on being “progressive” members of their party. Warren and Sanders also have a tendency to employ very similar tactics in order to rally support; however, when two people are extremely alike, this increases the possibility of them clashing with one another.
Tensions between the two socialists began when reports arose that Sanders previously told Warren that a woman can’t win the presidency, according to Townhall. Sanders, of course, denied ever saying this, whereas Warren tells a different story. During the first Democrat debate of 2020, both politicians clashed with one another, sparring over past politics and whether or not 1990 was 30 years ago. (Spoiler alert: it was!)
The New Divide Between Warren and Sanders
During Tuesday night’s debate, CNN moderators questioned whether or not Sanders did, in fact, allege in 2018 that a woman can’t become president. Sanders denied this; the moderators then turned to Warren, asking her what she thought when Sanders told her a woman couldn’t win the White House. Warren initially attempted to steer clear from conflict, although another issue arose later in the debate.
During one of her speaking segments, Warren professed that only women candidates on stage had a track record of beating incumbent Republicans over the past thirty years. After the Massachusetts senator finished, Sanders chimed in, stating that he’d beaten an incumbent Republican.
When Warren asked him “when,” Sanders cited the year of 1990, stating that it was thirty years ago. The camera then panned to Warren who seemingly counted the years in her head to verify whether or not 1990 was thirty years prior to 2020.
After the Debate
Following the first Democrat debate of 2020, the six candidates on stage each took turns shaking hands with one another. At one point, Sanders went to share Warren’s hand; however, the senator declined to reciprocate, stating that Sanders called her a liar “on national TV.”
Seemingly taken aback, Sanders asked Warren to repeat herself. When she did, the Vermont senator stated that he didn’t want to get into an argument with Warren at the debate; however, Sanders did note that himself and Warren could “have the discussion” at a later date and time. Shortly thereafter, Tom Steyer came up to Sanders, saying that he didn’t want to get in the middle of things and only wanted to say hello.
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