During the now-viral moment in which 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seemingly refused to shake fellow candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ hand after the latest primary debate Tuesday, something else extraordinary occurred.
As Warren trotted over to Sanders and appeared to ignore his extended hand, she suddenly accused him of accusing her of being a liar on “national TV,” according to background audio footage from the debate released Wednesday by CNN.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV?” she asked.
“Let’s not do it right now. You want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion. You called me a liar, you told me … alright, let’s not do it now,” Sanders replied.
So who’s the actual liar? That remains unknown, though conventional wisdom has it that the Massachusetts senator is the liar. Her record of lies certainly suggests it.
Their beef concerns an anonymously sourced CNN report published Monday alleging that during a private meeting between the pair in late 2018, Sanders told Warren that he didn’t believe a woman could win the 2020 presidential election.
While CNN did not identify the sources, the going theory is that they were Warren campaign operatives who purposefully leaked the alleged details of the meeting to weaken Sanders going into the upcoming Iowa Democrat caucuses.
Even fake black man Shaun King subscribes to this theory.
9. The Warren campaign and their allies leaked this attack against Bernie to the press for political gain. I spoke to the journalists who wrote some of the first stories and they confirm this. CNN confirmed this publicly yesterday. The Warren campaign does not deny this.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 15, 2020
Wait, there are people who *don’t* think the Warren campaign leaked the story?
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) January 14, 2020
Elizabeth Warren just framed herself as the unity candidate one day after her campaign needlessly leaked a bogus story to attack her closest political ally mere weeks before a critical caucus. #DemDebate
— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) January 15, 2020
NEWS: A senior Bernie Sanders’ adviser tells me they believe that Elizabeth Warren’s campaign intentionally leaked a false description of their 2018 meeting. Says it’s a recent pattern of Warren attacking the Dem front-runner.
— Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) January 13, 2020
Following the report’s publication, Sanders described it as “ludicrous” and echoed the leading theory that Warren’s staff had purposefully leaked the allegedly false claims.
“It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” he said in a statement. “It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened.”
“What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”
Warren meanwhile conveniently put out a statement claiming the allegations were true but arguing that she didn’t want to talk about them:
In response to a great deal of questions we’ve had today, below is a statement from Elizabeth Warren: pic.twitter.com/PdBCHJQCJE
— Kristen Orthman (@KristenOrthman) January 14, 2020
The issue boiled over at the Tuesday debate when moderator Abby Phillip asked Sanders point-blank whether the accusations were legitimate.
He promptly said no: “I didn’t say that. … Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman cannot be president of the United States.”
He added that there’s even a video on YouTube of him speaking 32 years ago about how a woman could one day be the president.
“In my view a woman could be elected president of the United States.” — Bernie Sanders, 1988 pic.twitter.com/WJd847DdmA
— Meagan Day (@meaganmday) January 13, 2020
In a move that earned CNN derision and scorn from left-wingers and right-wingers alike, Phillip then turned to Warren and asked, “Senator Warren, what did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”
The senator again reiterated her earlier refrain about disagreeing with Sanders’ alleged statement but not wanting to speak further about it.
Yet immediately after the debate, she rushed to Sanders to speak further about it …
What’s fascinating is the now-emerging theory that even this was staged — that Warren purposefully approached Sanders with her microphone on so that she could convey the appearance of being angry and “indignant.”
Without a doubt in my mind, I believe Warren planned this & knew the audio would be leaked – she was wearing a mic!
It was a smart move to make her look indignant and that she really believed Bernie lied – therefore backing up her claim
It’s a brutal world out there, Bernie https://t.co/kdoUW2NiYy
— SETH WEATHERS (@sethweathers) January 16, 2020
It is clear from this footage that Bernie Sanders extended his hand in good faith to shake hands with Warren as is standard at the end of a debate and she goes ahead berating him fully aware of the microphones & cameras.
Dividing the left like this will simply let Biden through https://t.co/9ovpgznGk2
— Gary Spedding (@GarySpedding) January 16, 2020
1. CNN tries to cover up that Warren’s camp was the source.
2. Despite denial, moderator assumes Sanders is guilty.
3. Warren’s answer is perfectly scripted.
4. CNN releases audio of Warren confronting Sanders.
Not a stretch to surmise that Warren engineered this.. with help. https://t.co/NXjjV0iavE
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) January 16, 2020
Is this possible? Quite. Despite portraying herself as an innocent, kind grandmother-like lady who just wants to make the world a nicer place, Warren has a sordid history of lying, playing games and acting shady. It’s practically her modus operandi.
While the woman may not be much of a Native American Indian, she’s definitely one very shady lady.
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