Elizabeth Warren claims Bernie Sanders said that a woman can’t beat Trump in 2020. Sanders denies having said it. Everywhere I look, I come across some pundit treating this as if it’s a real scandal: Is Sanders a women-hater? Or is Warren lying through her teeth (again)?
What I haven’t come across is a sane person pointing out that even if Sanders said exactly what Warren claims, it’s not evidence of woman-hating. It’s simply an opinion or prediction about what the outcome would be. (Or, perhaps, a bit of
This may seem a trivial point, but we need to push back against the notion that the slightest criticism (and this doesn’t even amount to that) of any person or group is evidence of hatred. The Left practices this sleight-of-hand reflexively and the Right increasingly doesn’t call them on it or buys into it themselves.
It’s poisoning our culture.
Edit: Looks like Jim Geraghty made this very point on The Corner (Assuming Bernie Sanders Said It, Just What Did He Do Wrong? ) about an hour before I posted this. Good on him. I hope others will do the same.Published in