Steyer's advice from son after overhearing Warren-Sanders hot mic dust-up: 'Don't be a snitch'

Steyer's advice from son after overhearing Warren-Sanders hot mic dust-up: 'Don't be a snitch'
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Democratic presidential hopeful Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE said his oldest son advised him to not be "a snitch" after the billionaire was privy to a heated conversation between Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.) around her claim that Sanders said a woman could not be elected president.

Steyer's story comes more than a week after the seventh Democratic debate that was most remembered for Warren confronting Sanders immediately after the event. Warren accused Sanders of calling her a liar on national television as Steyer looked on.

“That recording that you got didn’t come out for a couple of days, so I was asked over and over and over what they were saying to each other, which of course I could hear,” Steyer told anchors Ed Henry and Sandra Smith on Fox News's "America's Newsroom."

“But I also felt like it was a private conversation they were having, and my son ... my oldest son texted me within two minutes and he said, ‘Dad, whatever you do, don’t be a snitch,’" the hedge fund executive continued.

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"And I just thought, you know what, that’s their issue. I’m just saying goodnight," he said.

Steyer, 62, is currently polling at 2.1 percent in the RealClearPolitics index of polls, placing him eighth overall and 26.8 percentage points behind national front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE.

Audio of the moment obtained by CNN from the debate the network had broadcast one night earlier revealed that Warren had said Sanders appeared to have called her a liar on national television. Sanders replied that he did not want to discuss the issue at that time.

During the debate, Sanders said he never said at a December 2018 meeting with Warren that a woman could not be elected president. Warren said he had and that she disagreed during the conversation.

The first major contest of the primary season will be the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.