Sanders, Clinton feud over ‘war on women’
The Bernie Sanders campaign and the Hillary Clinton campaign have a lot in common.
Both candidates are running for president on the progressive side of the political spectrum.
But they are also fighting on different sides of the issue.
While Sanders has been a fierce critic of Republican nominee Donald Trump, Clinton has been more circumspect, arguing that the current war on women is not about gender but about economic insecurity.
Sanders, in his first public comments since the election, on Friday attacked Clinton for her support of the “war on men.”
The former first lady has criticized the Republican candidate’s positions on such issues as abortion and marriage equality.
She has also repeatedly said she is a feminist and that she supports a “transgender right to choose” in which a person can choose their gender.
The Democratic primary has been largely a referendum on Trump.
Sanders was the first major candidate to make his opposition to the real estate mogul known during the campaign.
“I think it’s very clear to me that Donald Trump is the antithesis of what America is all about,” Sanders said at a campaign stop in Michigan.
“And I think that’s why Hillary Clinton, and millions of other women and men, voted for Donald Trump.”
But the former secretary of state has been less vocal about her views on the issue, particularly since the Iowa caucuses.
Sanders has said he believes that Trump has “failed to address the crisis of income inequality that exists in this country.”
“He’s trying to divide us, not heal us,” he said at an Iowa rally in December.
“We need a president who can take on this economy, not divide us.”
Sanders is also trying to build on his popularity with young voters, who made up a large chunk of Clinton’s Iowa and New Hampshire victories.
“It’s very important that we have a president and vice president who are going to fight for working people and for the middle class,” Sanders told supporters in Michigan on Saturday.
“They’re not going to do it if they’re not fighting for working families.”
In addition to criticizing Trump, Sanders has also called for a new kind of political revolution.
“If we have this massive, structural crisis of economic insecurity and we can’t get any of the major banks out of the system, then what is the point of any political revolution?” he asked at a rally in Portland, Oregon.
“What is the reason for any kind of revolution?”