CNN Debate Moderator Abby Phillip Doesn’t Accept Bernie’s Denial That He Said Women Can’t Win in 2020

CNN moderator Abby Phillip addressed the elephant in the room at the January Democratic debate on Tuesday night — the disputed claim that Sen. Bernie Sanders told Sen. Elizabeth Warren last year a woman can’t beat President Donald Trump in 2020 — but her follow-up question completely ignored Sanders’ vehement denial just moments earlier.

During an exchange that led off with her first asking Sanders about the CNN story, Phillip’s framing ignored the Vermont senator’s earlier, firm denials that he tried to warn off Warren.

“Let’s now turn to an issue that’s come up in the last 48 hours,” Phillip said. “Senator Sanders, CNN reported yesterday, and Senator Sanders — Senator Warren confirmed in a statement — that
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