Kamala Harris decries ‘sexism’ during committee hearings

Last week, liberals applauded clips of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. interrupting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, but when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was interrupted during committee hearings by senators this week, those same people are now crying “sexism.”

Tweeting out her feelings of victimization, Harris stated, “The women of the United States Senate will not be silenced when seeking the truth.” She added the words “Fight back,” and linked the tweet to a fundraising website that appeared to allege sexism.

The double-standard that applies to women in politics apparently goes along party lines.

During her January confirmation hearing, liberals loved it when Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) interrupted DeVos.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is calling the sexism claims in Congressional hearings “unfounded”, noting that Harris’ frosty back-and-forth with recent Senate witnesses may have included “moments of disrespect,” but not sexism.

Harris has been under fire lately for butting heads with Senate witnesses. Last week, Harris cut off Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly while he was testifying about sanctuary cities to pointedly remind him, “I’m asking the questions.” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) then interrupted both of them to say that Kelly should be allowed to answer the questions.

Blackburn conceded that Harris may have been upset when witnesses gave long answers to her questions, which she has limited time to ask. “If every time I have felt… diminished in some way, I never would have finished a conversation… or got a bill passed,” Blackburn noted.

When asked if she thought Harris was raising sexism allegations in order to raise money for her cause, Blackburn gave Harris the benefit of the doubt on the issue, saying no.

In an op-ed by Emily Jashinsky of the Washington Examiner, it was noted that this “glaring hypocrisy” constantly holds Republican women to different standards of treatment than their Democrat counterparts.

“Remember when Bernie Sanders interrupted Hillary Clinton in a debate last year? Liberal websites from Mic to Vox immediately pounced on his behavior. If it’s sexist to interrupt women, it’s not just sexist to interrupt liberal women,” noted Jashinsky.

She pointed to another example:

“What about the time the so-called ‘HRC Super Volunteers’ released a list of sexist words and phrases used against Hillary Clinton? Among them was ‘out-of-touch,’ a descriptor that women’s marchers are literally carrying on anti-DeVos signs at protests around the country. If feminists genuinely cared about combatting what they see as patriarchal attacks on accomplished women, they would devote their energy to combatting the treatment of DeVos. Their silence is simply another indication that this is not the case.”

 

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