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In Jan. 6 Hearings, Gender Divide Has Been Strong Undercurrent

By Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman

24 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The New York Times highlights the various instances of how female witnesses have faced majority of attacks from Trump supporters in the ongoing Jan 6 hearings.

Before Sarah Matthews, a former deputy White House press secretary, even opened her mouth to testify Thursday before the select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, the House Republican Conference attacked her on Twitter as a “liar” and a “pawn” of Democrats.

The group did not mention the man seated beside her, Matthew Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser, who was also there to issue a scathing indictment of President Donald Trump’s behavior on the day of the riot. Nor did Trump himself mention Pottinger when he lashed out hours later with a statement calling Matthews a fame-seeker who was “clearly lying.”

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