Newly hired CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers is leading the way in deeming even the slightest criticism of Hillary Clinton’s record or heath to be “sexist.”
Powers, who worked for Fox News until recently and will continue writing for USAToday, appeared Tuesday with Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s “New Day” where she said attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton contain “an element of sexism.”
Powers spoke specifically about the rumors of Hillary’s declining health, images of her being helped up stairs, and hints that a concussion suffered after fainting has left the former secretary of state impaired.
“So the things that they’re pointing to I don’t think support it and honestly, I think there’s an element of sexism to this,” Powers said.
“The way they talked about her, the way you watch Drudge posting things about granny and grandma,” Powers said. “Well, Donald Trump is a grandpa. So what’s the idea here that somehow because she’s a woman and she’s a grandma and she is frail but he is this robust person who according to his doctor is astonishingly excellent health which is already in itself a kind strange thing for a doctor to be saying. So I think it’s the really low blow attack against her.”
Powers and CNN aren’t alone in portraying any criticism of Hillary as sexist. A recent story by the Associated Press carried the headline, “Trump’s stamina attack on Clinton stirs talk of gender bias.”
The story insisted that, “Donald Trump and his Republican allies say Hillary Clinton is weak, lacks stamina and doesn’t look presidential.” The news agency noted that Clinton, “the first woman from a major party running for president” means such criticism is perceived by “some” as sexist.
Not to be out done, an editor for the L.A. Times also claimed that talking about Hillary’s health is off limits because she is a woman.
Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor for politics at the LA Times, said recently on Fox News’ “Media Buzz” that even questioning Clinton’s health status was an exercise in sexism.
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