CNN’s Chris Cuomo tried arguing the definition of “mansplaining” with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel during a Wednesday “New Day” segment.
“Part of the fallout wound up being the Senate panel interviewing the Homeland Secretary Nielsen and her saying she doesn’t recall. She got into it with Cory Booker. You accused Booker of mansplaining to Nielsen, Sec. Nielsen, who is of course a woman. Why? Why did you call it that?” Cuomo asked.
McDaniel said she believed Democratic Sen. Cory Booker would have treated a man differently, and accused him of political grandstanding.
“I think it would have been covered differently if it were a Republican senator yelling or lecturing a woman coming before the Senate, not giving her a chance to explain herself, grandstanding. I know he’s auditioning for 2020. I understand that. But he was disrespectful and he did mansplain to her,” McDaniel said. “She deserved an opportunity to answer.”
Cuomo played a clip of Booker’s response to McDaniel’s criticism and tried to argue the point of mansplaining with her.
“How is it mansplaining? Just because she’s a woman, that’s what you’re saying. Because they talk to people like that all the time. They talk to men like that all the time,” Cuomo replied.
McDaniel said Booker was trying to compete with Oprah Winfrey for headlines and just wanted to make the news to stay relevant.
“I’m not quibbling with your points. There’s always politics being played, no question. It’s just interesting. This woman Nielsen is in charge of keeping the rest of us safe,” Cuomo said. “That was a tough day for her. We’ll see what it brings out in the wash. One thing’s for sure, she can handle herself. And so can you.”
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