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Pelosi says 'element of misogyny' undermines women like Warren

Pelosi says 'element of misogyny' undermines women like Warren
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Charles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that an “element of misogyny” undermines female presidential candidates following Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE’s (D-Mass.) withdrawal from the 2020 race.

“I so wish that we had a woman president of the United States, and we came so close to doing that,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “I do think there’s a certain element of misogyny.”

“Every time I get introduced as the most powerful woman, I almost cry, because I wish that were not true,” she added.

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The first female Speaker said she believes that some of the sexist bias that women face is subconscious on the part of others.

“Many of them will tell you, they have a strong mom, they have strong sisters,” she said. “But … they have their own insecurities, I guess you would say.”

However, Pelosi added, “I think the American people are ready” for a woman president.

“I never thought we would have a woman Speaker of the House before a woman president, because if you want to talk about tradition or whatever that is, this is a marble ceiling. It's not a glass ceiling,” she said.

Warren’s withdrawal, which came after dreary Super Tuesday results that saw her come in third in her home state, followed primary exits by Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden nominates former NSA deputy director to serve as cyber czar | Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after all | Biden pressed on semiconductor production amid shortage Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after pushback from Klobuchar, Lee Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHouse Budget Committee 'not considering' firing CBO director Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid How to manage migration intensified by climate change MORE (D-Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson: Refusal to hike minimum wage is part of 'rigged economy' Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 Marianne Williamson discusses America's "soulless ethos" MORE.

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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNew co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 MORE (D-Hawaii), the sole remaining female candidate, has thus far won a single delegate.

“I think we had great candidates. They represented different points of view. Amy, more moderate and Middle America, the heartland of America, articulate spokesperson for her point of view, we're so proud of her,” Pelosi said.

“Also, Elizabeth, to get down to the final two who are still in the race,” Pelosi said, describing the Massachusetts senator as “so knowledgeable.”