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The issue with Elizabeth Warren isn't likability. It's sexism | Moira Donegan

The claim that a woman candidate is not ‘likable’ is code for saying she defies our shared cultural understanding that power and authority are implicitly male
‘If she is to be successful against Trump in a general election, she will have to learn to deflect his attacks more intelligently.’ Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and longtime consumer protection advocate, became the first Democratic candidate to formally enter the 2020 presidential race on Monday, with a New Year’s Eve announcement that seemed timed to pre-empt the slew of candidacies from her fellow Democrats that are expected in the coming months.

In a five-minute video, she stands in her kitchen and emphasizes the injustice of rising economic inequality, an issue she has focused her career on with an almost religious

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