A hot mic caught a tense exchange between Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.) following Tuesday’s 2020 Democratic presidential debate after she refused to shake his hand.
Warren approached Sanders immediately after the debate ended and accused him of calling her a “liar on national TV, according to audio unearthed by CNN.
The exchange and audio show Sanders attempting to defend himself before saying that both of them should take about the 2018 conversation regarding whether a woman could be elected president.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren says in the clip after rejecting Sanders’ handshake offer.
“What?” Sanders responds, as Warren repeated her accusation.
“You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,” Sanders responded.
Warren then replied: “Anytime.”
Sanders shoots back: “You called me a liar.”
He then said, “You told me … all right, let’s not do it now.”
Sanders was then essentially saved by Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer.
“I don’t want to get in the middle, I just want to say ‘Hi Bernie,’ ” the billionaire candidate interrupted.
Sanders reportedly made the comment during a closed-door meeting between the two lawmakers in 2018. However, He denied it patently on Tuesday, saying it was “incomprehensible” he’d say such a thing.
Warren, meanwhile, insisted that he made the statement.