Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has been a strong feminist leader during his long tenure in D.C., according to the Feminist Majority PAC. Serving in the Senate since 1992, the former mayor of San Francisco became the first woman to ever serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, later becoming the first female to chair the committee.
The Feminist Majority PAC considers Feinstein, 85, to be a strong supporter of women’s rights and a strong opposer of discrimination against women. But now Democrats are furious that she’s throwing her support behind an old white man instead of a young black woman.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Feinstein is favoring former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, in the race for 2020. Even though few people have declared they’re running, many people are angling that direction, including Feinstein’s fellow California senator Kamala Harris.
“I was asked who I favor, and right now it’s Joe Biden,” Feinstein said on Thursday.
“He has the experience, the drive,” she explained, “I worked with him closely on a number of different things. I have a great respect for his integrity as well as his ability. And I think experience is really important at this particular point, where our world is today.”
Feinstein heavily emphasized Biden’s experience, which is something she couldn’t do for 54-year-old Harris. Harris serves on the Judiciary Committee with Feinstein — although she almost lost her seat last month, according to the Washington Post — but that wasn’t enough to get a nod from Feinstein.
Asked about the possibility of supporting Harris for president, the senior senator replied, “I’m a big fan of Sen. Harris, and I work with her. But she’s brand new here, so it takes a little bit of time to get to know somebody.”
That didn’t go over well with young fellow Democrats and liberals.