Though one female candidate remains in the 2020 presidential race, the contest has really come down to three 70-something males. The Democrats’ dream of electing the first female President of the United States has died a painful death this week as both Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) faced the reality that they’d failed to gain any national traction. Though Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) remains in the race, she’s tracking below 2% in the national Democratic polls and has acquired only one delegate. What was once the “most diverse” field of Democratic presidential candidates is now down to two elderly straight white men.
After announcing that she was officially ending her campaign on Thursday, Warren was asked about the role of gender in the election, and made clear that she believes sexism certainly played a role in her demise.
“Gender in this race, you know, that is the trap question,” said Warren told reporters Thursday. “If you say, ‘Yeah, there was sexism in this race,’ everyone says, ‘Whiner!’ And if you say, ‘No, there was no sexism,’ about a bajillion women think, ‘What planet do you live on?'”
Asked about the issue during a press conference Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) agreed with Warren that “misogyny” is part of the reason that the 2020 election will not result in a female president.
“But I do think that there is a certain element of misogyny that is there,” Pelosi told reporters. “And some of it isn’t really mean-spirited, it just isn’t their experience. But any of them will tell you they had a strong mom, they had strong sisters, they have strong daughters, but, but, they have their own … insecurities.”
Blaze Media’s Jason Howerton tweeted out a clip of the moment that has gone viral:
Part of the reason we won't have a woman president in 2020 is because our voters are misogynist.
LOL. Let her keep talking. Please, let her keep talking. pic.twitter.com/RU5aeWYJbJ
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 5, 2020
Pelosi’s blaming of misogyny on the male-headlined 2020 election has prompted a flood of responses, particularly from the right, with many conservatives pointing out what Pelosi, like Warren, just implied about Democratic voters.
One of those conservatives who weighed in on Pelosi’s “misogyny” comment was counselor to the president and the first female to run a successful presidential campaign, Kellyanne Conway, who helpfully finished the thought for the Democrat leader.
“If true that Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris & Amy Klobuchar lost ‘because they are women’, then the [Democrats] aren’t just hapless, they’re sexist. These women lost among Democrat voters in Democrat primaries & caucuses.”
Conway then made clear where she stands on the question of why Warren, Gillibrand, Harris and Klobuchar’s campaigns ultimately flopped: “Pro tip: it wasn’t their gender,” she added.
If true that Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris & Amy Klobuchar lost “because they are women”, then the #Democrats aren’t just hapless, they’re sexist. These women lost among Democrat voters in Democrat primaries & caucuses.
(Pro tip: it wasn’t their gender)
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) March 5, 2020
As Twitchy highlights, Conway wasn’t the only voice on the right to offer a “pro tip” to Pelosi and the “sexism”-minded Democrats. A few other responses to Howerton’s post:
“No, honey. America won’t have a woman president 2020 because the candidates were not very good,” wrote one follower. “And for all the people whining about ‘old, white men’, well…unfortunately those same people voted for them so…”
“She does realize she is talking about voters in her party, right? RIGHT?” asked another follower.
“Hey Nancy, I have no insecurities that keep me from voting for a woman who wants to raise my taxes and take away my ability to choose my own health insurance,” wrote another.