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Hillary Clinton laughed heartily Sunday when asked about former secretary of state Madeleine Albright’s remark that there is a “special place in hell” for women who don’t support other women, a clear shot at voters for Bernie Sanders.
“I want to ask you about a comment former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said, a comment that I've heard her say before, but it sort of rang differently to a lot of people. She said, there's a special place in hell for women who don't help women,” Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said.
Clinton laughed as Todd recited Albright's statement.
“But the implication is that somehow, if you're a Democratic woman and you're not supporting you, what's wrong with you? Do you want the vote to be decided on gender lines like that?” Todd said.
Clinton avoided Todd’s question about a vote decided on gender lines and brushed off Albright’s comment as a long-standing opinion.
“Oh, look, you know, as you remember Madeleine has been saying this for many, many years,” Clinton said.
“I get that,” Todd said.
“She believes it firmly and in part because she knows what a struggle it has been, and she understands the struggle is not over,” Clinton said. “So I don't want people to be offended by what she is expressing as her very– ”
When Todd asked Clinton if she understood why the statement was offensive, Clinton said that people get offended too easily.
“You can understand why some might have been offended by it?” Todd said.
“Well, good grief, we're getting offended about everything these days. Honest to goodness, I mean, people can't say anything without offending somebody,” Clinton said.
In her introduction for Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire Saturday, Albright scolded young women who were supporting Sanders.
“Just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” she said as Clinton laughed and clapped with gusto.