Elizabeth Warren

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Bonchie wrote last week about how Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have finally started duking it out after weeks of tap dancing around each other over policy disagreements and having their surrogates do their fighting for them.

To recap, after Biden criticized the recently released details of Warren’s bloated Medicare for All plan, Warren blasted back by saying he was running in the wrong primary:

Elizabeth Warren swatted back at Joe Biden’s criticism of her $21 trillion Medicare-for-All plan Friday, accusing him of “running in the wrong presidential primary.”

“Democrats are not going to win by repeating Republican talking points,” the Massachusetts senator said in Des Moines, Iowa. “So, if Biden doesn’t like that, I’m just not sure where he’s going.”

Biden, a lifelong Democrat, penned a post at Medium in response, saying, in so many words that Warren had no room to talk considering the fact that she used to be a Republican. He went on by suggesting her style of attacks were “a serious problem”, asserting that they “reflect an angry unyielding viewpoint”:

But at another level these kinds of attacks are a serious problem. They reflect an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics. If someone doesn’t agree with you — it’s not just that you disagree — that person must be a coward or corrupt or a small thinker.

In an update to this story, Biden’s use of the word “angry” to describe a female candidate ruffled Ms. She Persisted’s delicate feathers. In an email sent on Friday, Warren’s campaign fundraised off of Biden’s comments, making it clear she believed they were sexist in nature and an attack on her as a woman:

“I am angry and I own it,” read the subject line of a Friday fundraising email from Warren’s campaign.

“Over and over, we are told that women are not allowed to be angry. It makes us unattractive to powerful men who want us to be quiet,” the email read.

Warren’s email referred to backlash toward Biden and another 2020 Democratic candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, both of whom her supporters say launched attacks on her that were sexist, CNN reported.

This ridiculous reaction reminds me of how her defenders erupted in howls of outrage and cries of “sexism” when Warren’s 1970s pregnancy discrimination story was scrutinized.

I said it then and I’ll said it again now:

It’s both infantilizing and demeaning to suggest women who run for — or who are nominated for — higher office be subjected to a softer, gentler tone than their male counterparts. True equality means being treated to the same standards across the board.

This is not to say sexism doesn’t exist, but if you’re running for office and you treat other candidates with open hostility, you can best believe your tactics are going to be turned around on you and used against you.

Besides, how often do we hear from Democrats about how male Republican candidates or elected officials are “angry”, etc.? “Angry” and related terminology are not just words used exclusively on women running for office or women who hold elected office.

Simply put, if you can’t take the heat, don’t dish it out. And if being described as “angry” has you grasping for the fainting couches, maybe you shouldn’t be running for higher office to begin with.

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