PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — When the head of New Hampshire’s resulting footing for women arrived here a local Women’s March to find she “wouldve been” sharing the stage with Sen. Bernie Sanders, she backed out.
At the same event, a prominent former government senator turned her back when he spoke.
After a week-long flare-up with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sanders sought to bolster his support among women on Saturday. But for a number of New Hampshire activists, he only established it worse.
“In the context of the last week’s occurrences, it was especially ironic it was Sen. Sanders speaking, ” said former state Sen. Iris Estabrook, who has endorsed Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
She was at the occurrence with a sign see, “When females vote, ladies win.”
“That was the spirit of this thing, and it was unfortunate that the senator — and whoever committed him the platform — didn’t respect the original is the subject of the rally, ” she said. “I was disturbed enough that when the senator talk I took a breach from the rally and went elsewhere.”
Tanna Clews, CEO of the NH Foundation for Women, was slated to be the first orator at Seacoast March for Women, held on the steps of the city’s North Church.
But when she arrived to see Sanders’ team setting up a sound system, it suddenly felt too much like a political rally instead of a parade for women, she said during a social media posting.
The volunteer organizers of the event pushed back on complaints by saying his attendance likely increased the size of the crowd ten-fold, to several hundreds of people. They likewise reached out to a representative of the Warren campaign to invite her, but ever heard back. Of the hundreds who attended, simply a few complained, they said.
The campaign said they attended after being invited.
While Sanders’ advocates have rallied around him in the days following the he-said-she-said rift — Warren accused Sanders of privately telling her a woman couldn’t win the presidency, which he denied — the campaign is taking steps to remedy the chance it has shattered his standing among undecided voters.
In the days following the debate, the Sanders campaign vetted the prospect of having Warren serve as both the vice president and the Treasury secretary, according to an Intercept report.
The Sanders campaign made a direct appeal to women voters on Saturday through author and activist Naomi Klein, a surrogate for the Sanders campaign, who introduced him at the marching and other occurrences throughout the day.
“Women understand that Bernie has their backs and women understand that the questions cannot be pried apart — that they are women’s issues, ” Klein said at the march. “When we fight unjust struggles we are fighting for women and children, where reference is combat climate change we are fighting for women and children.”
In interviews, a number of women at Sanders events throughout the day recognized the recent issues with the Warren campaign as either made up — either by the media or by Warren herself — or small-potatoes the evolution of this overall campaign.
But even some women who like and respect Sanders said the way he managed the Warren flap has stirred them think twice.
Undecided voters Helen Crowell and Kris Cotter, both from Glen, said they are considering Warren and Sanders. Crowell said Sanders’ approach to the matter over the last week hurt his stand in her psyche.
“I don’t think he’s lying about it, ” Crowell said, in including references to allegations that Sanders told Warren that a woman couldn’t win the presidency. “But I consider his demeanor am a bit … It highlighted for me the deficiency, maybe a lack of understanding of his male privilege and what that means for being able to communicate well with women.
“I still envision very highly of him. I just feel like it highlighted for me why we need a woman president, ” Crowell added.
“He used to tell Elizabeth Warren at the debate when she started talking, he said,’ We’re not going to talk about this now.’ That’s a very kind of, you are aware, paternal, ” Crowell said. “Like, she gets to decide what she talks about.”
For his part, Sanders told the crowd of a few cases hundred collected for the march that men and women should stick together. He stimulated the statement that a number of issues center to his campaign, like a $15 minimum wages, would help women.
“By the space, boys, if you think abortion privileges, if you think equal pay for equal work is just a women’s issue, you are dead wrong. It is a human issue, ” Sanders said. “The humankinds are going to have to stand with the status of women. We are all in this together. That’s what we are, women and men, homosexual and straight and Latino. We are in this together.”
Klein made a direct appeal to women in Portsmouth. She highlighted Sanders’ advocacy for abortion rights and for “undervalued workers” as reasons why he is popular among women.
“For decades, he has been unwavering in support for our rights self-control our figures. He knows Medicare for All is a feminist issue, a reproductive rights issue, ” Klein said. “Bernie has been fighting for the lowest paid most undervalued both workers and I don’t got to tell you, that’s girls.
The campaign likewise sought to pin last week’s drama on the media, rather than his or Warren’s actions. When asked by a voter how the party should avoid infighting, Sanders turned his attention to the press.
“The media craves and inflates conflict, ” Sanders told the crowd at a later event. “The media has its schtick and “weve had” ours, ” Sanders said, adding the working party could eschew infighting by focusing on working households. He likewise noted he hadn’t said a word about any of the other nominees during the town hall.
Klein took a similar approach in her remarks. Although Klein did not specify she was talking about what happened between Sanders and Warren, she said “corporate media” has become “addicted” to high-pitched ratings from encompassing President Donald Trump.
Even without the president, Klein said, the media is trying to “trump up” conflict among the candidates.
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