Throughout the 2016 campaign, the hate-filled, misogynistic rhetoric toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was near-constant. Despite the fact that she lost to Donald Trump and she has since gone about her business and isn't particularly bothering anybody, conservatives' obsession with bashing her has continued. Now, it's not even just the so-called "alt-right" that's giving her grief — she's getting it from plenty of liberals, too: Bernie Sanders' comments about Hillary Clinton after the election are so not OK, and his conversations about "identity politics" remain hard to understand.
Politics is a game, but up until recently, it was one that Bernie Sanders seemed to consider himself above. As a candidate, Sanders' socialist ideals didn't exactly make him appealing to conservatives, but from the get-go he was the favorite of young liberals. When he lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton, he fully endorsed her and pleaded with his supporters to do the same, if anything, so that they could keep Donald Trump from the White House.
Sanders' response was criticized by some as being not just a scathing critique of the Democratic Party, but a denouncement of "identity politics." He actually spoke to some extent about identity politics last week on CBS This Morning, when he shared hisregret that the Democratic Party can't seem to talk to the "white working class" (which isSanders' heritage).
Many also came to his defense, however, and pointed out that Sanders' remarks in full context are often ambiguous, and the "identity politics" commentary is perhaps not what it seems.
While he might remain vague about exactly what he means by identity politics, and go back and forth on his feelings about the Democratic Party, his remarks in Boston made one thing pretty clear: he didn't approve of Clinton's use of the "woman card," and he doesn't approve of anyone else playing it either.