SE Cupp: White House playing the ‘woman card’ to help Trump CIA pick

HLN host and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp on Tuesday accused White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of playing the “woman card” to try and boost President TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE’s CIA nominee.

Trump nominated Gina Haspel to replace Mike PompeoMike PompeoNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book MORE as CIA director, touting that she would be the first female director of the agency. Haspel’s nomination has faced strong opposition from members of both parties over her involvement in the CIA black sites.

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Sanders on Saturday tweeted that any Democrat who supports women’s empowerment but does not support Haspel’s nomination is a “total hypocrite,” a stance Cupp described as “problematic.”

“That’s not how any of this works,” Cupp said. “It’s also the kind of thing conservatives rightly mock and criticize liberals for doing all the time."

She said that focusing on Haspel’s gender “directly undercuts” Sanders’s argument that Haspel is the most qualified candidate.

Cupp then spoke directly to the press secretary, urging her not to “pick up the left’s talking points.”

“Sarah, as conservative women, let’s not do the thing where we pit identity against ideology,” she said. “Let’s leave that to the left, which insists you and I are traitors to our gender.”

“You should know better than to pick up the left’s talking points and use our political identities as a weapon,” she added. “Then again, just look at who your boss is.”