NYT Reporter Asks Sanders If It’s Sexist for Him to Continue Run Against Clinton

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) held an open press conference Monday before California's critical primary but before Sanders could finish his statements and open the floor to the press New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor questioned Sanders if it was sexist for him to stay in the race.

Sanders tried to quiet Alcindor five times by saying "excuse me" before giving in and allowing her to finish her question. Sanders had been trying to call on CNN's Jeff Zeleny.

"What do you say to women who say that you staying in the race is sexist and getting in the way of the first female question?" Alcindor asked.

Sanders laughed and asked if it was a serious question, and Alcindor replied that it was.

"Your question implies that any woman, that any person, any person who is running for president is by definition the best candidate," Sanders said. "To say that it is sexist—so if Hillary Clinton runs for president is your point that it is sexist for any man to run to oppose her?"

Alcindor continued on by saying that if Clinton has more delegates after Tuesday and Sanders stayed in the race, would it be sexism?

Sanders said that he did not believe that it was sexism for the campaign to continue on until the Democratic National Convention in July.

Alcindor called the interaction between her and the candidate "testy."

Alcindor covers social justice and national politics for the Times.

Alyssa Canobbio   Email | Full Bio | RSS
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 canobbio@freebeacon.com

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