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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice suggested in a recent interview that race and gender may be playing a role in the scrutiny she’s facing over the unmasking scandal.

Rice is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee over her alleged involvement in revealing the names of Trump's associates in intelligence reports during the 2016 presidential election and transition.

In an interview with New York Magazine, Rice was asked if Republican scrutiny was related to her being an African-American woman.

Rice brought up other women in public life who she said have also been the subject of "pretty rough treatment," including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.

“I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender,” she said. “I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”

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On "Outnumbered" today, Jessica Tarlov said there is indeed sexism and racism in America, but she thinks Rice is actually hurting herself by using those issues to deflect criticism.

She suggested the main issue at play in this unmasking saga is not sexism or racism, but partisanship.

"There are a lot of people who are going to be looking just to pin everything on her and focus on that, when there's an entire sideshow going on over here with Republicans," Tarlov said. "And it becomes a distraction."

"Can't progressive women stop using their gender as a crutch and take some personal responsibility for their actions?" Dagen McDowell said.

Tarlov said that should happen, but she said it's also important for conservative women to acknowledge that there is systemic racism and sexism.

"Every time you get caught, it's not your own fault. It's because, 'I'm a woman,'" McDowell argued.

Tarlov said it's not "every time," pointing out that she does not believe Rice is justified to claim racism or sexism in the unmasking investigation.

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