- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont said he was named an “honorary woman” by feminist icon Gloria Steinem in a town-hall event in Las Vegas on Thursday.

“I consider myself a strong feminist,” Mr. Sanders said to a young woman who asked how he would support women’s rights. “And in fact, Gloria Steinem — everybody knows Gloria is one of the leading feminists in America — made me an honorary woman many, many years ago.

“I don’t know exactly what that meant, but I accepted it when she came to campaign for me,” Mr. Sanders said.

The issue of feminism has come up many times during the Democratic presidential primary, and not without controversy.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made women’s issues a tenant of her campaign and has come under fire for doing so. Last week, Madeleine K. Albright said there was a “special place in hell” for women who don’t support other women while stumping for Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire. The comments went viral and offended many on social media.

Mrs. Clinton lost the Granite State by double digits.

In an event in Georgia this week, a surrogate for Mr. Sanders, rapper “Killer Mike,” also made controversial comments toward women.

The rapper repeated the words of a female activist who he said told him that a “uterus” doesn’t qualify a person to be president. Mr. Sanders said the media hubbub over the comments was simply “gotcha politics.”

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