During the fifth Democratic primary debate in Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday night, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) essentially said that South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg did not measure up to the women on the stage because women, by default, are “held to a higher standard” than men, him being an example.
When asked to respond to a recent statement she made to The New York Times that she didn’t think people would take the women running “seriously” if they had as little political experience as Mayor Buttigieg, Klobuchar said that she does think Buttigieg is “qualified” to be on stage and that it was “an honor” to be standing next to him. However, “Women are held to a higher standard,” she said.
“Otherwise we could play a game called ‘Name Your Favorite Woman President,’ which we can’t do because it has all been men,” Klobuchar went on, “including all vice presidents being men. And I think any working woman out there, any woman that’s at home, knows exactly what I mean. We have to work harder, and that’s a fact.”
Buttigieg, meanwhile, just stood there respectfully, seen with his lips pursed and even laughing to himself at moments.