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MSNBC’s Zerlina Maxwell: Men Must Be More Vocal That They Want Women In Positions Of Political Power

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MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell gives her take on why Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) dropped out of the 2020 race and what this means for Democratic presidential primary politics. Maxwell said men need to be more vocal about support for women in positions of power and that picking someone like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for vice president on the ticket will not make up for how women are treated in the political arena. “I would like more men to be vocal about the fact that they want to see women in positions of leadership. Don’t say, oh, well, we can just pick Kamala as the vice president,” Maxwell said Thursday on MSNBC. “Why does a woman have to settle for the number two job in 2020? That’s all I have to say about that.”

ZERLINA MAXWELL, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST, SIRIUSXM: I think that this is a moment where we really have to take a deep look into the cultural reasons why this is happening. This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with any of the specific mistakes Elizabeth Warren made because Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders made plenty of those and they’re still in the race. I think that women, they do not have as much space to make those mistakes. They are taxed more when they make mistakes and it’s harder for them to gain traction in fundraising and organizing. Additionally, I find it interesting, mostly men say this and this is not because I’m on set with two men, I’ll say it’s not you guys but we have never had a woman president. And for some reason it seems like only women are concerned about this fact. And I would like more men to be vocal about the fact that they want to see women in positions of leadership. Don’t say, oh, well, we can just pick Kamala as the vice president. Why does a woman have to settle for the number two job in 2020? That’s all I have to say about that.

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