Chris Matthews asks Elizabeth Warren why she believes a female employee who sued Mike Bloomberg for telling her “kill it” when she was pregnant over Bloomberg.
“You believe he’s lying? …Why would he lie? Just to protect himself? …You’re confident of your accusation?” pic.twitter.com/hVkkQhhXtz
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 26, 2020
In an interview after the tenth Democratic presidential debate, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews pushes Warren to defend her attack on Bloomberg at the debate, in which she cited a story of Bloomberg telling a pregnant employee to “kill it” in reference to her baby. Matthews presses, “You believe he’s lying?” Warren responds, “I believe the woman, which means he’s not telling the truth.” Similar to when Matthews pressed Warren on why Bloomberg’s misogyny mattered after the last debate, he makes clear his skepticism again by continuing, “And why would he lie? Just to protect himself?” Warren points out the biased logic of Matthews’ question, “Yeah, and why would she lie?” Writing about this exchange, New York Magazine‘s Rebecca Traister refers to “Americans’ exhausting tendency to distrust women.” Journalist Laura Bassett also wrote about the exchange, including her own “sexist run-in” with Chris Matthews, leading to his resignation from MSNBC on March 3, 2020.