#WomenForBernie trends on Twitter amid Sanders-Warren feud

#WomenForBernie trends on Twitter amid Sanders-Warren feud
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The hashtag "WomenForBernie" trended Tuesday on Twitter amid an escalating feud between White House hopefuls Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance Sierra Club endorses Biden for president  MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.).

The online campaign, which had more than 10,000 tweets as of Tuesday afternoon, came in response to reports and statements on Monday about a private discussion the two candidates had in December 2018.

CNN first reported, citing anonymous sources, that Sanders had told Warren a woman could not win the presidency.

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Sanders denied the report, saying it was "ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn't win."

Warren later released a statement contradicting his account.

"Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate," Warren said. "I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.”

Sanders supporters have since rushed to his defense.

"I am NOT a 'Bernie Bro,'" Amy Vilela, Sanders's Nevada co-chairwoman, tweeted. "I am a woman in politics. I am strong & can think critically."

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Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders's national press secretary, tweeted, "More women have given to Bernie’s campaign than any other campaign. We have the most diverse, least white collation."

With the Iowa caucuses less than a month away, tensions between the two progressive heavyweights have increased, particularly as Sanders surges in the polls.

Sanders and Warren, along with four other Democratic candidates, will take the debate stage Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa.