February 25, 2020 - MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Wants to Give Bloomberg the Benefit of the Doubt on Accusations of Sexism

In an interview after the tenth Democratic presidential debate, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews pushes Warren to defend her attack on Bloomberg, in which she cited a story of Bloomberg telling a pregnant employee to “kill it” in reference to her unborn child. 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 MSNBCon March 3, 2020.