In an interview with CNN this weekend, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, still struggling to get any voter support for her 2020 presidential aspirations, said that sexism was the likely cause of her failing campaign. Refusing to acknowledge the possibility that her dull personality, her tiresome brand of feminism, or her simple lack of widespread name recognition could be to blame for her nonexistent poll numbers, Gillibrand pointed her finger at “gender bias” when asked to explain why she’s been “underestimated” in the race.
“I think it’s just gender bias,” she said. “I think people are generally biased against women. I think also biased against young women. There’s just bias and it’s real and it exists, but you have to overcome it.”
Not sure if Gillibrand, 52, is trying to apply the “young women” label to herself, but hey, more power to you.
Gillibrand expanded on why she thought she had a chance at the nomination, despite having to climb the sexism hurdle.
“Voters will give a woman a shot,” she said. “They just have to get to know her. They might make a judgment without knowing her, but once they meet her and know who she is and why she’s running, they will give her that opportunity. If I’m going to be the candidate of the women’s vote, which I fully intend to be, those voters might not come home until October or November or December.”
As the 2020 Democratic primaries move forward, expect to hear a lot more of this kind of nonsense. So far, Gillibrand is the only candidate we’ve seen really leaning into this excuse for not doing well, but it’s probably only a matter of time before Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kamala Harris look at their poll numbers, scratch their heads, and then join the feminist bloggers who insist that all political coverage of all liberal women is mired in sexism. It happened in 2016, it’s already happening this year, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
God, can you imagine the kind of liberal media shield that would go up for a Democratic female president? They spent eight years telling us that every criticism the GOP threw at Barack Obama was tinged with some kind of racism. With a female president, this idiotic “sexism” shield would be even more potent.
At least Obama had the good taste to never say, “Hey, you can’t say that about me, I’m black!”
Gillibrand can’t even let others do the complaining for her.