Hillary Clinton refused to back down Wednesday from her thinly-veiled accusation last week that Vermont Sen. [crscore]Bernie Sanders[/crscore] is sexist.
“Do you believe that he’s attacking you based solely on your gender?” Clinton was asked during a one-on-one interview with Manchester, N.H.’s WMUR.
The reporter was referring to Clinton’s remarks at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday in which she brought up an exchange she had with Sanders over guns in the first Democratic presidential debate.
During the debate, Sanders said that “all the shouting in the world” won’t fix the problem of gun violence. Seeing a political opportunity, Clinton took umbrage with Sanders’s remarks at Saturday’s dinner.
“I haven’t been shouting, but sometimes when a woman speaks out, some people think it’s shouting,” she said. (RELATED: Hillary Accuses Bernie Sanders Of Sexism)
Sanders dismissed the accusation in an interview the next day. Reporters noted that the Democratic presidential candidate has criticized those who “shout” over the gun debate for months on the campaign trail and likely was not specifically referring to Clinton.
Political observers also mocked Clinton’s sensitivity. MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski called her insinuation “pathetic.” (RELATED: Brzezinski: Clinton Crying Sexism On Sanders Is Pathetic)
Clinton was cagey on Wednesday when asked to clarify her thoughts on Sanders’ comments.
“Well what I said was that during the debate when I heard him say that people should stop shouting about guns, I didn’t think I was shouting I thought I was making a very strong case,” she said.
“But as far as the implication that Bernie Sanders is sexist…” the reporter pressed.
“I said what I had to say about it,” Clinton replied, refusing to back off of her accusation. The former secretary of state’s campaign has gone negative against Sanders as the democratic socialist has mounted a strong campaign.