- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ wife, Jane Sanders, called Madeleine Albright’s comments “unfortunate and disturbing,” after the former secretary of state told Hillary Clinton supporters over the weekend that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

Sitting down for an interview with HuffPost Live, the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate argued that she doesn’t agree women should only vote based on their gender.

“I found [Ms. Albright’s comments] unfortunate and disturbing,” Mrs. Sanders said. “I think that women today are a little bit more intelligent [than to] say, ‘OK, all I care about is gender.’ By that case, then, if Bernie won the Democratic nomination and Carly Fiorina won the Republican nomination, we should be supporting Carly Fiorina.”

Ms. Fiorina had suspended her campaign for the Republican nomination shortly before Mrs. Sanders‘ interview.

Mrs. Sanders also praised the way millennials embraced equality today, and thanked older feminists who helped pave the way for that. Her example, interestingly, was Gloria Steinem, who also faced backlash this week for suggesting that young women only support Mr. Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie,” HuffPost Live reported.

Ms. Steinem has since apologized for the remark, which Mrs. Sanders said she appreciated.

“She apologized. I know that young people were offended by it, but it was a mistake,” Mrs. Sanders said. “That’s what I don’t like about politics too much, that somebody makes a misstatement [and it blows up]. We know her life has been about equity for women and feminism. She made a mistake, she said so. I absolutely still respect her very much.”

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