House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday implied that it's sexist of reporters to ask if she is considering stepping down from her leadership post, after three elections in which Democrats failed to win back the House.
"What was the day that any of you said to Mitch McConnell, when they lost the Senate three times a row… aren't you getting a little old Mitch, shouldn't you step aside?" she said to reporters.
"Have you ever asked him that question?" she asked. "Have any of you ever asked him that question?"
"It just is interesting, as a woman, to see how many times that question is asked of a woman, and how many times that question is never asked of Mitch McConnell," she said.
Pelosi also groused that when she became the first woman Speaker of the House in history, she didn't get on the cover of Time Magazine, even though her male contemporaries did make that cover.
"When we won the House, and that was largely an initiative that I started around 2000 to take us to a place where we would win the House, that was a big thing," she said. "I was never on the cover of Time Magazine, even though I was the first woman."
"Wasn't that a curiosity, that Republicans win, Boehner is on the cover of Time Magazine?" she asked. "Mitch McConnell wins, he's on the front of Time Magazine. Isn't there a pattern here?"
Pelosi insisted that who she is "does not depend on any of that."
"But as a woman, it's like, is there a message here?" she asked again. "Is there something that we're missing?"