Pelosi says senator's comment 'disrespectful to women'
October 9th, 2011
04:17 PM ET
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Pelosi says senator's comment 'disrespectful to women'

(CNN) -– House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that comments made by Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown about a Democratic rival showed a “disrespect for women.”

Brown made the remarks Thursday, when asked about candidate Elizabeth Warren’s statement that she had “kept her clothes on” while paying for college. Warren was making reference to a nearly nude 1982 Cosmopolitan magazine photo shoot that Brown did to earn money at age 22.

When asked about the comment during a radio interview with WZLX in Boston, Brown said only, "Thank God.”

Pelosi said Sunday on the ABC program “This Week” that the comment was disrespectful.

“The response you just gave, 'Thank God,' really, I thought spoke volumes about how clueless Senator Brown is,” Pelosi said. “It really spoke volumes about, really, disrespect for women that he may not even realize. I bet you he'd like to take that comment back.”

Pelosi acknowledged that the comment was likely meant to be a joke, but maintained that it was still revealing of Brown’s character.

“I hope it's joke-y. And if it is, then hopefully he will take that comment back. But women know. They hear a comment like that, it tells you a lot about somebody,” Pelosi said.

Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Nancy Pelosi • Scott Brown
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Absurd

    Pelosi, I think your plastic surgeon's time for another round of Botox. If Elizabeth Warren wants to be an Elitist Harvard Law Feminazi and make a comment about Scott Brown's Cosmo pic as opposed to debating the real issues then she better be able to handle Brown's retort. Touché! Or are you going to pull a Hilary Clinton and shed a tear to gain the sympathy vote. Or better yet you'll have Botox Pelosi fight your wars for you. That really worked for her in 2010 when she got booted from her beloved Speaker of The House position. Pelosi is only out for herself - trying to stay relevant.

    October 9, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Brian

    Surprise, surprise... Pelosi injecting her opinion into a situation in an attempt to make it far more than it is by playing the gender card. One day, maybe she'll wake up and realize she's barely as politically relevant as Sarah Palin and far less liked.

    Nancy, stop jockeying with Schumer for the position in front of whatever camera lens happens to be nearby and just do your job. This many years later, it's - quite literally - the least you could do.

    October 9, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. Tom

    Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren are clones. They are both red-eyed, frothing at the mouth, virulent, militant, uber, ultra, hard and far, far, far, far, far left, fundamentalist, America-hating, hysterical leftist/feminist, nut job, anti-American extremists.

    October 9, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Brian

    So she's upset that he retorted to her prepared low blow against him? What a joke this woman is

    October 9, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. JP

    Pelosi who as Speaker of the House ended up losing the democratic majority in the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the House position. She also entertains and goes to speciality interest dinners and parties-like the rest of them. Why is she still in Congress? Warren opened herself up by making her comment. Good for Brown.

    October 9, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Debbie

    It was none of Pelosi's business. She should keep her trap shut. I can't wait until the day she is voted out.

    October 9, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  7. Jay

    So it's okay for her to make a comment about Brown posing nude, but not okay for Brown to make a comment about her posing nude. I think Pelosi is a sexist, she wants this woman to be treated differently than Brown? Is Pelosi worried that she's not as tough as Brown? Man, what a sexist pig Pelosi is.

    October 9, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. wisconsin101

    This is why liberals make me sick, such hypocrites. They never miss an opportunity to blast the other party. They can dish it out but can never take it w/o turning it into a deflaminary twist.

    October 9, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. Russell

    She must be on another planet or very desperate to take this interpretation.
    I agree-...thank god!

    October 9, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. LiLa

    Sorry, but having read the story of Brown's early life, I think it was Elizabeth Warren who was disrespectful.

    October 9, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. wisconsin101

    This is why liberals make me sick, such hypocrites and they never miss an opportunity to blast the other party. They can dish it out but can never take it

    October 9, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Johnt

    Pelosi: being a politician 'till the end. Its ironic how she didn't think Warrens comments were disrespectful to men.

    October 9, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. revolting peasant

    I don't think the remark was disrespectful to women in general. The remark was disrespectful to Warren, but didn't she start it with a dig against Brown?

    October 9, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Pete S

    Nancy Pelosi needs to disappear. Give me a break. I guess it wasn't disrespectful to Scott Brown when his opponent started the whole thing?

    October 9, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. bob

    I guess she can't back up what she says. To quote Rambo, she drew first blood. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Sorry, is that insensitive?

    October 9, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. Beadles

    Not having seen or heard the exchange, I don't know what tones of voice or facial expressions were in use – BUT – isn't this just a bit of repartee? I'm a bit of a smart-aleck and can just see me having said something like Ms. Warren – and I would have taken a response like that of Mr. Brown's as quick wit. IIt seems that everyone (the pols, the "journalists," and the public) are constantly taking offense at everything. C'mon, let's work towards maintaining civility and doing our best to get this country moving forward. And, when we have a chance for a bit of humor, let's all enjoy a chuckle or two.

    October 9, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. mochica

    Sorry. I usually vote for democrats because I completely disagree with everything the Republican party does, but this is ridiculous. This is not a sexist remark just because he is a man and she is a woman. People that want to take off their clothes because they feel proud of their bodies have every right to do so. There is nothing wrong with that. He was simply stating (on talk radio, come on) that he was glad that Elizabeth Warren didn't undress (implying that she isn't very attractive, which she isn't). Everyone in the world on both sides has been poking fun at Chris Christie and it has never once been attributed to sexism. As a democrat I feel like Nancy Pelosi does irreparable damage to the party every time she opens her mouth- and not because she is a woman. There are many women that are democrats that would make a much better minority leader.

    October 9, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. wisconsin101

    Pelosi ia such hypocrite. She never miss an opportunity to blast the other party. She can dish it out but can never take it and she always turn the repsonse into something other then it was meant to be.

    October 9, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. Gina P

    If a woman had posed for playboy to pay for college she wouldn't be a Sen. Double standard as to what is exceptable and respectable are still firmly in place.

    People still judge other's by how they look and not what they have done, or what they are capable of doing. Christie is fat and he knows he'll' never win being as heavy as he is. People are still just that stupid and that shallow. Romney looks like a game show host, so even though he would mak ea terrible leader and businessman from a worker's stand point, he is more worthy because he looks the part. Shallow America deserves whoever they vote it because it doens't matter who they are as long as they look good.

    October 9, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Altee11

    Why did Warren make a joke about Brown taking his clothes off? Wasn't she being disrespectful to him?

    October 9, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. Scott

    Because Pelosi and the Democrats have been so respectful to Palin and Bachmann

    October 9, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. hp

    She is looking for anything to make him look bad. This comment is a non issue.
    I guess Pelosi is still upset about loosing that liberal seat to now Sen Brown

    October 9, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Jeremy

    Would Pelosi have complained were Warren and Brown to switch genders? I mean, the original comments by Warren were an insult to Brown, irrespective of gender. How does a retort to that become sexist? Is this really a feminist thing? Or is it a liberal thing? Pretty ignorant of all parties, actually.

    October 9, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Dave-O

    Yes... this from the party that did nothing but exploit Brown's Cosmo photo shoot during his campaign.

    October 9, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. NPetrillo

    This is high school level trash talking that SHE instigated. If she can't handle it on her own and needs to call in her friends, she doesn't belong in politics. And I'd like to make it clear that I'm more of a fan of her politics than his.

    October 9, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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