No sooner had Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she’s running for president and headed to Iowa than mainstream political reporters started talking about her possible “likability” issues.
Politico published a massive feature about how Warren is battling “the ghosts of Hillary” by a reporter who did extensive reporting on former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s personal email server.
Warren is headed to Iowa this weekend after announcing she started a 2020 exploratory committee. Warren declined to run in 2016 despite aggressive lobbying by supporters and has spent the last two years on the armed services committee learning about foreign policy.
Jess McIntosh, a former outreach coordinator for Hillary Clinton, appeared on CNN Wednesday to discuss Warren’s decision and the coverage that followed, attacking the media obsession with her “likability” as a code word for sexism.
“I think Elizabeth Warren has done a good job over the last couple of years of solidifying a base across the country,” she said. “If we are going to have a field of 30 people, grassroots fundraising is going to matter a lot. Having real support on the ground in all 50 states is going to matter a lot. And she had to do a lot of campaigning. She knows she needs to be in Iowa now to talk to the voters. She has not done that retail politicking that is more transparent for a presidential run than other candidates have.”
Host Alisyn Camerota asked McIntosh if Warren declined to run in 2016 “out of some deference” in 2016.
“I think if Elizabeth Warren would have wanted to run, she would have,” McIntosh said. “I think that there was a sexist positioning of Elizabeth Warren as the woman who was not Hillary Clinton. You heard a lot of ‘I would be happy to vote for a woman for president if Elizabeth Warren was in the race…’ Well, it’s 2019 now, and Elizabeth Warren is in the race and I want to know if that tone has changed?”
McIntosh said the media needs to do a better job covering Warren than it did Clinton.
“In the very beginning, as we just start to see women candidates coming through, I want to be cautious that we don’t fall into the sexist trap of talking about their likability exclusively,” she said. “It’s not about running for prom queen, it’s about running for president, and we need to make sure we are treating the women in the race the same as the men.”
Watch the segment below.
‘Hypocritical’ Republicans busted for disappearing now that Trump has exploded the deficit
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Introduced by host John Berman, who asked, "This morning new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm it: The national debt and deficit are much worse than thought. So where is the party of fiscal responsibility in times like these?" Avlon broke it down.
"While President Trump was busy proclaiming himself 'the chosen one,' you might have missed more bad news in the form of data," Avlon smirked. "Brand new CBO numbers shows the budget deficit is skyrocketing, projected to rise 25 percent over last year and heading to over $1 trillion next year. Tax revenues are $430 billion below where they were expected to be before the Trump tax cuts while spending in is in drunken sailor territory adding $1.7 trillion in the next decade."
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In particular, Deutch pointed to Trump's string of strange statements on Wednesday, in which he favorably quoted someone who called him "The Second Coming of God" and then flat-out referred to himself as "The Chosen One."
"If you or I had an uncle who went on social media and started making claims or tweeting claims about being the 'King of Israel' and the 'Second Coming; and then went out into public and talked about being the 'Chosen One,' you know what we would do?" he asked rhetorically. "We would gather our family members and figure out how to have an intervention because there's something clearly wrong there."
Tea Party ex-lawmaker admits he was wrong about Obama — calls him a much better president than Trump
Sidestepping questions over whether he will primary Donald Trump, former Tea Party Republican lawmaker Joe Walsh launched a brutal attack on the president comparing him unfavorably to one of his previous foes: President Barack Obama.
Speaking with CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, the former Illinois congressman refused to commit to running but sketched out what any GOP candidates running against the embattled president must do to have a chance to rally disaffected Republican voters.
"I think we overanalyze Trump, "Walsh began. "He's not complicated, he's a horrible human being. He's a bad, bad guy."