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CNN Panel Rips Grassley After He Blames Workload for Lack of Women on Committee: This is Why the ‘Old White Man’ Stereotype Exists

On Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley suggested that maybe women did not want to be on his committee because it was so much work.

“It’s a lot of work – maybe they don’t want to do it,” Grassley told reporters, according to the Wall Street Journal. “My chief of staff of 33 years tells me we’ve tried to recruit women and we couldn’t get the job done.”

He later tried to walk it back saying that the workload made it hard to recruit senators of both genders.

“We have a hard time getting men on the committee,” he tried. “It’s just a lot of work whether you’re a man or a woman, it doesn’t matter.”

Commenting on the senator’s remarks — which come on the same day as Republicans appeared to get enough votes to push Brett Kavanaugh‘s vote through — a CNN panel just wasn’t having it.

“One of the dumbest things that has happened this week, and a lot of dumb things have happened this week.  But to say essentially that the workload is too tough for a woman to come do it when we are in the middle of a conversation about women,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins began.

She added: “And the fact that this is a guy who had to hire a female prosecutor to come in and question the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, because they didn’t want it to reflect poorly on them if they questioned her aggressively, if they weren’t sensitive enough or just acted normal during the questioning process. Because, of course, when that happened with Anita Hill, it was in some of the senator’s obituaries.”

The other panelists noted he did revise his remarks and there are actually very few female Republicans in the Senate while also noting that this was an example of how “tone deaf” this group of senators are.

But Collins wasn’t done yet.

“Here’s the thing,” she continued on. “They have been complaining all week about this old white man stereotype, saying it’s unfair that that’s what these women protesters have been saying. This is why that stereotype exists. Because of comments like this from Chuck Grassley, comments like from Orrin Hatch saying that Christine Blasey Ford was an attractive and appealing witness. That’s why that stereotype is there in the first place.”

Host Wolf Blitzer then chimed in to note Grassley’s “going to get a lot of grief” for his remarks.

Watch above, via CNN

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