Ana Marie Cox with the New York Times Magazine recently interviewed Bernie Sanders. As part of mainstream media’s indepth and poignant questionning of the issues facing America, Ms. Cox asked Bernie about Hillary’s hair. Bernie’s response shows exactly why America needs to elect him as our next President.

Below is the actual exchange, as reported in the New York Times Magazine:

Cox: Do you think it’s fair that Hillary’s hair gets a lot more scrutiny than yours does?

Bernie: Hillary’s hair gets more scrutiny than my hair?

Cox: Yeah.

Bernie: Is that what you’re asking?

Cox: Yeah.

Bernie: O.K., Ana, I don’t mean to be rude here. I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?

Cox: I can defend that as a serious question. There is a gendered reason.

Bernie: When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like, that’s a real problem. We have millions of people who are struggling to keep their heads above water, who want to know what candidates can do to improve their lives, and the media will very often spend more time worrying about hair than the fact that we’re the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people.

Cox: It’s also true that the media pays more attention to what female candidates look like than it does to what male candidates look like.

Bernie: That may be. That may be, and it’s absolutely wrong.

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