Feminist Gloria Steinem said something not very feminist Friday, suggesting that the reason younger women voters are supporting Bernie Sanders more than Hillary Clinton is because they want to impress boys.
Appearing on HBO’s left-wing talk show Real Time, Steinem and host Bill Maher got into a discussion about why Clinton is struggling so much with younger voters, including women, despite Clinton’s supposedly historic candidacy.
Sanders recently annihilated Clinton among younger voters in the Iowa caucus, winning by 70 points.
“When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’” Steinem said. “The boys are with Bernie.”
Even the famously politically incorrect Maher took exception to Steinem’s generalization, saying Steinem would have slapped him if he’d made such a remark.
“Oooh,” Maher said, as the crowd tittered. “Now if I said that, yeah, they’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are, you’d swat me, come on.”
“No, no,” Steinem protested. “I wouldn’t because boys are saying where–I mean, hello? How well do you know me?”
“Not that well,” Maher said. “I’d love to know you better.”
Steinem, a Clinton supporter, has actually backed Sanders in the past. She helped him in a 1996 re-election fight when he was in the House of Representatives, appearing alongside him and anointing him an “honorary woman.”
Steinem also backed Clinton in 2008, when she was defeated in the Democratic primary by a man named Barack Obama.