[Ed. – Politico destroys its own argument five paragraphs in. Calling a person ‘mean’ and disliked is ‘gender-coded criticism’? ‘Splain.]
President Donald Trump on Friday shot down questions about whether sexism grounded the presidential campaign of Elizabeth Warren, one of his perennial punching bags, claiming instead that the Massachusetts senator was done under by a “lack of talent.”
“I think lack of talent was her problem,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the role sexism played in her demise. “She had a tremendous lack of talent. She was a good debater. She destroyed Mike Bloomberg very quickly like it was nothing. That was easy for her but people don’t like her.”
But Trump then employed language likely to strike Warren’s defenders as an example of the very gender-coded criticism her male opponents have not faced.
“She is a very mean person and people don’t like her. People don’t want that,” the president argued.