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'Don't Tell Me This Isn't About Sexism'

Common theme emerges in coverage of Elizabeth Warren's departure
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2020 1:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren is out. Now come the post-mortems and analyses of what went wrong and what comes next. "We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together—what you have done—has made a lasting difference," Warren told her staff Thursday, reports the Hill. Read her full statement via the Guardian, which includes a familiar reference: "For every American who desperately wants to see our nation healed and some decency and honor restored to our government, this fight goes on," she says. "I will be in that fight, and I want you in this fight with me. We will persist." Meanwhile, one common theme in coverage is bitter disappointment that yet again a woman is out of the running:

  • Sexism: Pundits will surely say Warren lost because of fears about electability, writes Jessica Valenti at Medium. But there's more to it. "Don’t tell me this isn’t about sexism. I’ve been around too long for that." Yes, Valenti and other Democratic women will support the nominee, but for now, she's feeling despair "that once again we're going to watch a race to leadership between old white men." The eventual nominee "is going to have to come to terms with the intense misogyny so many female voters have dealt with—and understand that it’s an issue we care deeply about."

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