Jeff Weaver, senior campaign adviser for Bernie Sanders, denied reports that the Democratic candidate for president told fellow candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that a woman could not win the election for president.
In an interview on CNN Monday night, Weaver said their "wires were crossed," meaning Warren did not take the conversation in the spirit that Sanders intended her to. Weaver said in "the era of Trump" such conversations about gender and politics can get "misconstrued."
"This was a story put out by unnamed folks," Weaver said. "Bernie was invited to Senator Warren's house. She told him she was running for president. Apparently, you know, the only two of them were at the meeting. Bernie Sanders has been a friend of Elizabeth Warren's for a long time. The truth of the fact is if you look at his book in 2015, he deferred to her in 2015 for her to run. For anybody to say that a woman can't win, it doesn't make sense. Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than Donald Trump in the last election. So, there were some wires crossed here, but clearly Bernie Sanders did not say a woman could not win."
"I think their wires were crossed," he said. "I think there was a discussion about Trump, misogyny, sexism and politics and the difficulty of running in the era of Trump for women, the special challenges that women face in the era of Trump. But those conversations can sometimes get misconstrued."