Talking points attacking Elizabeth Warren that Bernie Sanders’ campaign deployed were given to teams in at least two early voting states.
…[The] campaign pulled back the script — which described Warren’s appeal as limited to the highly educated and financially well off — later on Saturday after the story published.
…[The script included] talking points for voters who said they were leaning toward other candidates. In Warren’s case, they stated that the “people who support her are highly-educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what” and that “she’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”
…Warren told reporters Sunday that she “was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me.”
She added that the attack was reminiscent of the “factionalism” that broke out during his campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
…[In a move reminiscent of the 2016 cycle,] Sanders [took no responsibility for the actions of the campaign that bears his name and instead] appeared to blame the controversy on rogue employees.
“We have hundreds of employees. Elizabeth Warren has hundreds of employees. And people sometimes say things that they shouldn’t,” Sanders said.
…Warren responded later Monday night supporting the version of events reported by CNN. “Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate. I thought a woman could win; he disagreed,” she said in a statement. [Which bears mentioning because, at the very least, his undeniably benefited from sexism that was being stoked by his supporters in 2016.]