Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney refused to disavow the sexist comments and claims made by Hillary Clinton supporters Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright.
Monday on “CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello,” Finney instead called on the “Sanders campaign disavow [the] comments that specifically Ben Jealous has been making since he endorsed Senator Sanders.” (RELATED: Accused Rapist Bill Clinton Complains That ‘Bernie Bros’ Are ‘Profane’ And ‘Sexist’)
Costello noted that “things are getting nastier between the campaigns,” referencing Steinem’s comment that suggested young women support Sanders instead of Clinton because, “When you are young you are thinking where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.” (RELATED: Hillary Laughs Off ‘There’s A Special Place In Hell’ For Women Who Don’t Vote For Her Comment)
Last Saturday, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” referring to the gap in support the Clinton campaign has from young women. (RELATED: Madeleine Albright Tells Young Women Voters ‘There’s A Special Place In Hell’ For Them If They Don’t Support Hillary [VIDEO])
Costello asked Finney, “You know, younger women don’t like to be patronized. Are these comments hurting?”
“Well look, both of these women have been first in their careers and obviously they have strong feelings,” Finney claimed. “I’ve heard former secretary talk about that a number of times before. They have very strong feelings about it. I just want you to point out, these are two women supporting Hillary but you know, we are not accountable, we can’t control what they say, obviously.”
“But you can disavow what they say Karen, you can disavow what they say,” Costello inquired. Arguing, “because they seem to be pitting the older generation of women against the younger and that is never a good thing, frankly.”
“Well, but Carol I would put this to you. Then I would like to see the Senator Sanders campaign disavow comments that specifically Ben Jealous has been making since he endorsed Senator Sanders,” Finney said. “Specifically I’m talking about Saturday in South Carolina, horrendous comments and misinformation about Hillary Clinton’s record on criminal justice reform and the death penalty without recognizing or acknowledging that Senator Sanders voted to expand death penalty at the federal level when he voted for the 1994 crime bill. So you know, I would like to hear his campaign disavow those comments and tell the truth about that.”
“But shouldn’t Hillary Clinton come out and totally disavow what Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright said?” Costello shot back.
“Well look, she talked about it yesterday as you know in an interview, in a couple of interviews actually. And I mean, again, these are women who are passionate advocates. They support Hillary Clinton. We can’t control what they say. And again this is how they feel, they feel strongly–” Finney claimed.
Costello interjected, “But again, you, they can disavow what they say.”
“They feel very strongly about having a woman president,” Finney said. Refusing to disavow the comments, Finney argued, “And I would point to something that Gloria Steinem said which was talking about women in power and how men tend to get more power as they get older. And women don’t always and think there are some realities here but the point is these are women who are you know passionate advocates. We can’t control what they say. They are very passionate about women. They have been firsts throughout their careers. So they know a little something about what that is like and have, certainly have feelings about it.”
Finney then reiterated her call for the Sanders campaign to “disavow comments being made by Ben Jealous, not telling the whole story about Hillary Clinton’s record on social justice and the work done throughout her life on certainly as time as Senator against racial profiling and sentencing disparities and what she is talking about now in her presidential campaign not only about criminal justice reform and how you invest in communities of color. So I’d like to hear some more information there, too.”