'Stop calling women unlikable:' The internet calls out sexist comments on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2020 presidential run

Paulina Cachero
Elizabeth Warren at a campaign rally in Boston in 2012. (Photo: Elise Amendola/AP)
Elizabeth Warren at a campaign rally in Boston in 2012. (Photo: Elise Amendola/AP)

Likable. Electable. Viable.

Not to mention completely unfair.

Only 48 hours after the Massachusetts congresswoman formally launched an exploratory committee to run for president, these are the characteristics by which Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has been evaluated on for her potential presidential bid.

Because men are held to different standards — and because in 2019 women and their allies are having none of it — these speculations by media outlets are getting called out on the internet.

In a video announcing her presidential aspirations, Warren discusses how spending her career tackling economic inequality has prepared her torebuild America’s middle class” and to fight the “echo chamber of fear and hate designed to distract and divide us.”

However, instead of evaluating Warren’s presidential possibilities on her merits, the internet has pointed out, coverage has unfairly focused on of Warren’s “likability” and whether her “moment has passed.” Media outlets have also begun comparing Warren’s potential 2020 presidential campaign to Hillary Clinton’s, in a way many are criticizing as being sexist.

In an article published by Politico, “Warren battles the ghosts of Hillary,” reporter Natasha Korecki interviewed Warren’s allies and advisers on whether Warren would be able to overcome “perceptions of her as cold or aloof.” In the article, Korecki writes: “Like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gendered terms like ‘shrill’ or ‘scoldy’ are already ascribed to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as people dismiss her as a viable 2020 contender.

“Who has established that Elizabeth Warren is cold & aloof?” Roland Martin questioned Politico on Twitter. “This is the kind of bulls*** narrative that women get saddled with, then all of a sudden it sticks. DO BETTER.”

Meanwhile, when the New York Times published an article questioning the timing of Warren’s presidential bid, former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards made the perfect rebuttal. “When @nytpolitics would it be a good time for a woman to run for president? asking for a friend.”

Following the coverage of Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, many are no longer remaining silent about the sexism they feel played a large part in the end result of the 2016 election.

Read all the best reactions to the coverage of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s possible 2020 presidential campaign below: