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Pelosi Blasts Reporter for Asking About Stepping Down: ‘As a Woman, Is There a Message Here?’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired back at a reporter at her press conference on Thursday after she was asked whether she was considering stepping down following the Democrats’ losses in last week’s midterm elections. Pelosi questioned whether the reporter would have asked the same of a man — namely, Sen. Mitch McConnell after Republican Senate losses.

“What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell when they lost the Senate three times in a row … ‘aren’t you getting old, Mitch? Shouldn’t you step aside?'” Pelosi responded. “Have you ever asked him that question?”

She said the question should not even be asked, and asserted the mandate from her Democratic members to be their leader. Pelosi also implied that she is getting the question because of her gender.

“It just is interesting, as a woman, to see how many times that question is asked of a woman, and how many times that question is never asked of Mitch McConnell,” she added.

Pelosi also said there is a “pattern” that follows Republican victories, in that McConnell and John Boehner appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine following their electoral victories, yet she was not featured after Democrats took the House in 2006 — but added that who she is “does not depend on any of that.”

“But as a woman, is there a message here?” Pelosi added. “Is there something that we’re missing?”

Earlier in the press conference, Pelosi told reporters she was proud of how many more women are in Congress today than when she was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1987.

Despite the speculation, Pelosi still remains unchallenged to retain her position of House Minority Leader.

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