This was not pretty. It’s par for the course that the first thing mentioned by woke commentators is the lack of skin diversity on the Democratic debate stage, as if that determines merit, but blue voters were given a little more to chew on last night in Iowa as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren traded unexpectedly heavy blows in their bid to face Donald Trump in November.
To be more accurate, the blows were mainly landed by Warren at Bernie’s expense.
First came her claim that Sanders privately insisted a woman could not become president, an accusation that, if true, would be unforgivable to Bernie’s social justice fighting base. But it was the presumption of Bernie’s guilt by CNN that surprised some:
WOW – Bernie finds out what it’s like being a Republican on live on TV.
This is what it feels like when the media claim (without evidence) that you are GUILTY of a dirty rumor even though you deny it in the record repeatedly.
The look on his face says it all. pic.twitter.com/NsGtabmWyC
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 15, 2020
Whether or not CNN have taken an unofficial stance against Bernie remains to be seen, but Warren wasn’t finished yet in making the most her womanhood. Pointing out that only the two women on the stage had won every election they contested, with the men losing a combined number of ten, Warren positioned herself as the most likely candidate to beat Trump, reminding viewers that she was the only one to have beaten an incumbent Republican in the past 30 years:
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 15, 2020
Bernie’s retort was more than a little awkward, as he appeared to slip up on the math:
— Billy Freeland 🚴♂️🚠 (@BillyFreelandNY) January 15, 2020
The closing scenes of the debate, where Warren refused to shake the outstretched hand of Sanders, confirmed, if anyone was in doubt, that their friendship is now officially on the rocks. The comments of CNN’s Van Jones will probably do more to worry Democrats however, as they become increasingly concerned that the right match for Donald Trump has not yet emerged:
Senator Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren had what appeared to be an unfriendly exchange after the CNN debate.@BernieSanders #DemocraticDebate #DemDebate #Democrats #BernieSanders #Bernie2020 #ElizabethWarren pic.twitter.com/m1ZopQ1Ugc
— PROGRESSIVES 4 (@Democratic_Rep) January 15, 2020
The other candidates, like Buttigieg and Biden, will hope for stronger performances in the future, on a night that all commentators agreed belonged to Elizabeth Warren. For Bernie, however, the lessons from this debate will have to learned quickly.