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 PelosiWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Sunday shows - Trump coronavirus executive orders reverberate Pelosi: 'Of course there's room for compromise' on 0-per-week unemployment benefit MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that an “element of misogyny” undermines female presidential candidates following Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Hillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report 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 KlobucharSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Hillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' Why Joe Biden needs Kamala Harris MORE (D-Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.), as well as author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson touts endorsements for progressive congressional candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Warren becomes latest 2020 rival to back Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests MORE.

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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFinancial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 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.”