'Did You Ask McConnell This?': Pelosi Accuses Media of Sexism
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hit back at the media over questions about her age and whether she'll continue in her leadership position following the Democrats' midterm losses.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pelosi raised some eyebrows by asking why 72-year-old Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was not asked about his age when Republicans lost the Senate to Democrats.
“When was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell when they lost the Senate three times in a row, 'aren't you getting a little old, Mitch? Shouldn't you step aside?' Have any of you ever asked him that question? I don’t understand why that question should even come up. ... But it just is interesting, as a woman, to see how many times that question is asked of a woman and how many times that question is never asked of Mitch McConnell," said Pelosi.
Pelosi, 74, pointed to the recent Time magazine cover, featuring the soon-to-be Senate majority leader.
And she asked why she was not given the same exposure when she became the first-ever female House Speaker.
"Is there a pattern here? Who I am does not depend on any of that, with all due respect to all of you. But as a woman, it's like, is there a message here?" she said.
Martha MacCallum discussed these comments with Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham. Williams said he thinks the media "hurt her feelings" and Pelosi doesn't feel like she has gotten the attention she deserved.
MacCallum answered that she remembers a lot of attention being given to Pelosi and many other female House members who won election in recent years.
Ham said double standards do exist for women, but the leadership questions are "normal" following the Democrats' big losses.
Ham called it "crazy" for Pelosi to say that McConnell and John Boehner don't face similar questions.
And she added that McConnell has been frequently referred to as an "old, white man," saying his Democratic opponent "ran on that platform."
Williams said the questions to Pelosi are part of a larger discussion among Democrats about whether a "new generation" is needed to lead the party.
Watch the full discussion above.