Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate started rather slow, with the candidates sparring over foreign policy and the Wall Street. But, it considerably picked up when the moderators asked Hillary Clinton if she too believes what her staunch supporter and ally Madeleine Albright recently said about women who support Bernie Sanders.
“Your strong supporter, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, said there's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women,” the PBS debate moderator and Clinton Foundation donor Judy Woodruff asked. “Do you agree with what she said?”
The audience began to boo as soon as Woodruff finished the statement. However, it didn’t faze Clinton who, instead of saying “No, I don’t think women will go to hell for not voting for me,” just continued to smile and agreed that Albright had indeed been saying this for a while.
“Well, look. I think that, um...,” she began. “I think that she’s been saying that for as long as I’ve known her.”
She then changed the direction and indicated that even though majority of female voters supported her rival Bernie Sanders, it does not change her goal of empowering everyone.
“But it doesn't change my view that we need to empower everyone — women and men — to make the best decisions in their minds they can make,” said Clinton. “When it comes to the issues that are really on the frontlines, to whether we're going to have equal pay, paid family leave, some opportunity for women to go as far as their hard work and talent takes them, I think we still have some barriers to knock down.”
She probably hoped her refusal to distance herself from Albright’s remarks and draw her irk would go unnoticed, but it didn’t. Here’s how Twitterati reacted to her answer:
Clinton is dancing around question re: Albright's statement about there being a special place in hell for women who don't support otherwomen— Roqayah Chamseddine (@roqchams) February 12, 2016
Clinton declines to disavow Albright's "special place in hell" comment re: women not supporting other women— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 12, 2016
However, I think Secretary Clinton's worst moment was not giving a strong denial that women aren't going to hell if they vote for Sen. S!— Joelle Charbonneau (@jcharbonneau) February 12, 2016
Hillary Clinton just agreed that women who don't vote for her are going to hell. There's that Saudi Arabia money right there. #DemDebate— Joseph Resta (@RestaJoseph) February 12, 2016
Clinton didn't disagreed with the "Special place in hell" comment. So, women should vote for Sarah Palin based on this logic. #DemDebate— Lance J. Gosnell (@lancejgosnell) February 12, 2016
Clinton declines to criticize Albright comment that women go to hell if they don't support women candidates, like Clintion #DemDebate— Steve Thomma (@stevethomma) February 12, 2016