‘We have got to try to move us toward a non-discriminatory society which looks at people based on their abilities…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who recently announced his 2020 bid for the presidency, indicated he is looking for a woman as his running mate, mere hours after he said in a different interview that gender shouldn’t be a factor.
“I think we would look for somebody who is maybe not of the same gender that I am, and maybe somebody who might be a couple of years younger than me,” Sanders told “The Young Turks” on Tuesday. “Somebody who can take the progressive banner as vice president and carry it all over this country to help us with our agenda, and help us to rally the American people.”
Just hours before, in an interview with Vermont Public Radio, Sanders said considering race, gender or age in a candidate is discriminatory.
“We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender, and not by their age,” Sanders told the radio station. “I mean, I think we have got to try to move us toward a non-discriminatory society which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”
Sanders’s contradiction on the “identity politics” he often decries is not new. He admitted to “The Young Turks” that his 2016 campaign was rightly criticized for being “too white.”
“Yes, yes, we have been criticized, correctly so, for running a campaign that was too white and too male-oriented, and that is going to change,” he said. “We are going to have a very, very diverse campaign staff, and we’re going to do a better job of reaching out to every community in this country.”
Sanders’s comments follow recent allegations from former staffers, who said they experienced sexual harassment while working on his 2016 campaign.
The socialist said Tuesday that his 2020 campaign will “have the strongest protocols to protect women and anybody else against any form of harassment.”