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Kirsten Powers: GOP "White Boy Club" Dragging Neera Tanden, Women Of Color Through The Mud

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Democratic commentator and CNN contributor Kirsten Powers raged against Republican Senators such as John Kennedy and Susan Collins, "the white boy club" in the Senate" for "dragging" women and people of color through the mud.

"This is just not OK," Powers said Wednesday. "And you know, at some point it has to stop. It can't just be that we just look the other way every time women or people of color get dragged through the mud, you know, by this white boy club up there that is always doing this."


POWERS: I mean, he's not -- you know, he is known for kind of -- he's from a very conservative state. Let's put it that way. But the point is this is bigger than Neera. This is something that has been going on as long as I have been working in and around politics, you know, in journalism. It's something I'm sure you have seen over and over again where women and people of color are held to completely different standards.

And I'm not saying that they're even doing it consciously. But when you watch Senator Kennedy, the way he's talking about Neera Tanden, and then turn around and call another woman of color a wack-job, who is up to be -- for Senate confirmation, he's not even conscious of what he's doing.

You know, there is such a blatant double standard that you are complaining about Neera Tanden saying that Susan Collins is the worst while you are calling a woman, a respected woman who would be the first native American head of the Interior Department a wack-job?

Like this is just not OK. And you know, at some point it has to stop. It can't just be that we just look the other way every time women or people of color get dragged through the mud, you know, by this white boy club up there that is always doing this. And I -- and that's why I say fine, have your issues with Neera but recognize what's going on here.
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