Feminist icon Gloria Steinem says young women are supporting Democratic presidential wannabe Bernie Sanders for only one reason — to meet boys.
The outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter made the eyebrow-raising remark in a Friday night appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
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Asked why the former secretary of state isn’t doing better among young women, Steinem said females typically don’t start taking politics seriously until they get older.
Maher was immediately taken aback by Steinem’s comment.
“Now if I said that — ‘Yeah, they’re for Bernie ‘cause that’s where the boys are’ — you’d swat me,” Maher said.
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“No, I wouldn’t,” Steinem fired back.
In the Iowa caucuses last week, women age 29 and younger voted for Sanders by a margin of roughly 6 to 1, according to exit polls.
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, vying for the White House, are battling in the Democratic primaries.
Sanders is also winning the support of a majority of young women in New Hampshire, the site of the nation’s second nominating contest on Tuesday.
Clinton, meanwhile, is dominating among older women.
On Sunday, Steinem issued a bit of a rowback from her comments, calling her remarks a case of “talk show interruptus.”
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“I misspoke ... and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics,” she posted on Facebook. “Young women are active, mad as hell about what’s happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back. Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.”
The weekend back-and-forth wasn’t the first time Steinem, who came out in support of Clinton last October, waded into controversy when remarking on a presidential candidate.
In an interview with Katie Couric last fall, the 81-year-old author and activist took aim at Donald Trump’s comment that model Heidi Klum was “no longer a 10.”
“Why did nobody bother to say, ‘He hasn’t ever been a one? You know?” Steinem said.
“If he lost his wallet, how many women would be interested? I just don’t understand why what he dishes out isn’t equalized and coming back at him.”