Bernie Sanders: GOP is ‘bankrupt intellectually’ and is demonizing Pelosi for being a woman

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Wednesday that the Republican Party has “demonized” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), adding that the GOP has attacked Pelosi because she’s a woman.

Sanders said on CBS’s “This Morning” that he believes Pelosi is an effective leader and called the Republican Party “bankrupt intellectually” for its attacks on her.

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“I think Nancy has done a good job,” Sanders said. “Let me say what she may not say, I think it’s also the fact that she is a woman. I think they have demonized her. The Republican Party is bankrupt intellectually. They are not going to campaign on their views of giving tax cuts to billionaires and cutting Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, so they have to come up with some demon and I guess their demon now is Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground MORE.”

Pelosi has been a frequent target of members of the Republican Party ahead of November’s midterm elections. President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE has used Twitter to attack Pelosi, often calling her “weak.”

Pelosi has said she will run for Speaker if Democrats regain the chamber’s majority in November.

Sanders’s comments on Wednesday came a day after he won the Senate Democratic nomination in Vermont. He’s expected to reject the nomination and run as an independent in November.