Brady Toensing filed a complaint against Bernie Sanders's wife Jane, claiming she committed bank fraud when she was president of Burlington College between 2004 and 2011. The FBI is now investigating her leadership at the small liberal arts school which closed its doors in 2016 after it couldn't pay its debts and lost its accreditation.
"I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation, and that’s not OK,” Mrs. Sanders said according to The Boston Globe:
She said Toensing’s campaign against her is sexist because it assumes her husband somehow interceded on her behalf to secure the loan to buy the new campus — an accusation she insists has no merit.
Is there an unwritten rule for Democratic women that they have to immediately go to "sexism" whenever they royally screw up? Hillary Clinton, for example, blamed sexism for her embarrassing loss to Donald Trump instead of, say, her ill-conceived six-figure speeches to special interest groups.
She insinuated that the issue was tailored unfairly around gender: "Men got paid for the speeches they made, and I got paid for the speeches I made. It was used, I thought it was unfairly used, and all of that, but it was part of the background music."
So I guess the Sanders were inspired by Hillary's cries. Author Kristin Tate, on Fox Business Channel, discussed the identity politics behind Mrs. Sanders's claims... and finds them lacking.
Here's the thing about Democratic women: they claim to be feminists, but strong women don't continuously blame everyone and everything in the world but themselves.
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