Clinton Spokeswoman Won’t Disavow Misogynist Remarks by Steinem, Albright


Hillary Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney would not disavow the recent misogynist remarks made by feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright on Monday.

CNN host Carol Costello asked Finney whether she wanted to disavow what the women said, saying that Albright and Steinem were pitting the older generation of women against the younger generation.

Finney defended the remarks and said the Clinton campaign cannot control what its surrogates say.

"Just wanted to point out, these are two women, obviously supporting Hillary, but we are not accountable for, you know, we can't control what they say, obviously," Finney said.

At a Clinton rally over the weekend, Albright recited her quote that there is a "special place in hell for women" who do not support other women, implying that women would go to hell if they did not vote for Clinton.

Steinem appeared on Bill Maher and said that women only supported Sanders because "that is where the boys are." Steinem later apologized for her comments.

Finney was quick to call on the Sanders campaign to denounce what surrogate Ben Jealous said about Clinton's record. Finney called Jealous' comments misinformed and horrendous.

Costello asked Finney about the tension between the campaigns, and whether Finney was turning it into a"tit for tat." Finney again called for the Sanders campaign to distance itself from Jealous’ comments.

When asked again about the comments, Finney said Clinton had already addressed the issue in an interview.

"Again, these are women who are passionate advocates and supporters of Hillary Clinton," Finney said. "We really can't control what they say. They feel very strongly about having a woman president."

Finney again said that the Clinton campaign would not disavow what was said unless Sanders disavowed what was said against Clinton and her record.

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Alyssa Canobbio is the War Room Director for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she worked as a Communications Associate for Americans for Tax Reform. Alyssa is originally from New Jersey and lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time she enjoys sailing, craft beer, and watching the Steelers and the Phillies. Her Twitter handle is @AlyssaEinDC. She can be reached at

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