(DailyVantage.com) – Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded to calls for Senator Feinstein to resign on Wednesday.
Feinstein, for the past few months, has been dealing with a slew of health problems.
In early March, the 89-year-old California senator was hospitalized with a case of shingles. “I have been hospitalized… and expect to make a full recovery”, Feinstein wrote in a statement. She said that she hoped to “return to the Senate later this month.”
Feinstein, though, did not return. And her absence from the Senate has delayed proceedings and key votes. A handful of House Democrats, however, have recently called for Feinstein’s resignation.
On Twitter, Representative Ro Khanna wrote that “while she has had a lifetime of public service, it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties.”
Pelosi quickly fired back, insinuating that the calls for the senator to retire were sexist. “I’ve never seen them go after a man who was sick in the Senate in that way,” Pelosi said. Pelosi continued, saying that “when women age or get sick, the men are quick to push them aside. When men age or get sick, they get a promotion.”
This, of course, is not true. Senator John Fetterman, who just recently returned to the Senate after having been out since February, has faced an onslaught of criticism regarding his health.
Fetterman, a stroke victim, checked himself into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for clinical depression. While he was in recovery, many speculated about his fitness for office.
To be sure, though, there weren’t any official calls from Congressional Democrats for the Pennsylvania Senator to resign.
The fact of the matter is that Feinstein’s absence from the Senate body has complicated things for Democrats. And when both Feinstein and Fetterman were out sick, President Biden was forced to veto his first bill.
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