ABC's Raddatz dismisses Pence 'mansplaining' to Harris: 'She should be able to stand up for herself'

ABC's Martha Raddatz dismissed a charge by some left-leaning pundits that Vice President Pence engaged in "mansplaining" with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate confirms Gupta nomination in tight vote Earth Day 2021: New directions for US climate policy rhetoric Biden says Chauvin verdict is step forward in fight against racial injustice MORE (D-Calif.) at Wednesday night's vice presidential debate, with the veteran correspondent arguing that the Democratic nominee "should be able to stand up for herself."

"A lot of people were noticing some mansplaining going on tonight," noted ABC News chief anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosLeVar Burton among final group of 'Jeopardy!' guest hosts Biden was right to call Putin a 'killer' — but is he doing enough to save Alexei Navalny? Senate Republican targets infrastructure package's effect on small business job creators MORE in post-debate coverage, apparently referring to chatter on social media.

“When I hear people talk about mansplaining, and talk about these things with Kamala Harris, and a man shouldn’t interrupt her, and it’s going to look bad,” Raddatz replied. “Kamala Harris is a vice presidential candidate, she should be able to stand up for herself.”


“Yes, it’s history-making; yes, you can talk about her history and who she is and she’s a woman of color there,” she added. "But a man can interrupt another vice presidential candidate. It is up to that candidate to talk back, to interrupt themselves, or to hold on to that debate in any way they could.”

Overall, Harris spoke for 38 minutes and 48 seconds, while Pence spoke for 35 minutes and 22 seconds, according to ABC News.

The mansplaining narrative was a popular topic among some media members on Twitter Tuesday night, with some sharing Raddatz's sentiment and others arguing Pence engaged in such behavior.