Jane Sanders, the wife of Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, tore into MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid Wednesday night after Reid suggested that Bernie Sanders wasn't a "credible political figure" because he was dismissive of women.
Reid went on a tear Wednesday on Twitter, accusing society of enabling the sexual predators who have emerged from the entertainment and media industries, by propping up notions of "patriarchy" and "white privilege," and claiming that no credible male leadership exists because "mostly white" men have been in power far too long.
What we're also learning is that it's not just a media problem. The same dynamic plays out throughout our society, from the restaurant boss to the White House. The change that's needed here is a system-wide societal reboot.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 29, 2017
There are literally no credible national authority figures right now (one could argue that Barack Obama is, but even he can't reach a percentage of the population that has become hardcore ethnonationalist). Certainly the current president isn't one.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 29, 2017
Last night at the @NYHistory I was asked whether I could ever foresee there being another Cronkite -- someone so universally respected and believed that he could move the nation in one unified direction. I honestly can't.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 29, 2017
Never mind that most, if not all, of the powerful men alleged to have committed acts of sexual impropriety have been solidly on the left side of politics (Weinstein, of course, was a mega-donor to the Democratic party, and no one could accuse Matt Lauer of having a right-wing bias), or that Walter Cronkite was himself no angel who used his position as the only source of news for much of the country to force the White House into making policy decisions.
Anyway, when one respondent suggested that the elderly, progressive Bernie Sanders might be someone worth emulating, Joy Ann Reid tore into Sanders, too, and appeared to accuse the septuagenarian of discriminating against women, including his own wife.
Um... I get that he has a hardcore following, but his own attitudes toward women, from his weird early writings to his physical dismissal of women in his presence (including his own wife) make that an incredibly dubious prospect.— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 29, 2017
It turns out Jane Sanders keeps a close eye on Joy Ann Reid, and Jane wasn't happy with Joy's accusations.
I didn't answer your biased reporting about Bernie during the last 2 years @JoyAnnReid. But don't ever use me to demean my husband. I am very happy & very proud to be Bernie's wife. Your perception couldn't be more wrong. Have you ever talked with him? You've never spoken w/me. https://t.co/SZG7uV8cfO— Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) November 29, 2017
Joy Ann Reid mysteriously stopped tweeting her thoughts on the male gender after that. Wonder why.