Christine Pelosi on Moving Past Trump and Protecting Female Candidates

Power Women San Francisco: “It’s not about taking on Trump,” she says

Attorney and Democratic political strategist Christine Pelosi said her party’s candidates seeking to unseat President Trump from the White House need to find a common “pathway” to break through the “trauma” of the last two decades.

“It’s to provide people with the sense of common purpose, with a sense of hope, and with a sense of optimism that there is a place for them in this society,” Pelosi, the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told San Francisco Chronicle editor in chief Audrey Cooper at TheWrap’s Power Women San Francisco event Monday night. “It’s not about taking on Trump. … It’s about looking past Trump.”

Pelosi pinpointed three different political moments in recent history that she said have contributed to America’s collective trauma: the terror attacks on 9/11, 2001, the economic recession of 2008 and the presidential election of 2016.

The U.S. government responded to 9/11 with a “security industrial complex” that led to the “war of choice in Iraq,” the militarization of U.S. airports and streets, and has ultimately “affected the American psyche,” Pelosi said. Adding to these wounds was the 2008 market crash, which Pelosi said fundamentally impacted Americans “economically, emotionally, financially” and has left them still dealing with the ramifications today. And by Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, Pelosi said the “deeply, deeply hurtful assaults on our values of diversity and inclusion” added to the country’s collective trauma.

Earlier during her conversation at the Chronicle headquarters, Pelosi discussed the number of female Democratic presidential candidates and implored the audience to defend them against misogynistic attacks, even if they didn’t support them politically.

“Anytime someone’s making a gendered argument against Elizabeth Warren, or against Kamala Harris, or against Marianne Williamson, or against Amy Klobuchar, or against Kirsten Gillibrand, it’s an attack all of us,” she said.

In addition, the Power Women event also featured actress and disability lifestyle advocate Lolo Spencer, the star of the indie film “Give Me Liberty,” as well as the film’s writer and producer, Alice Austen.

TheWrap’s Power Women events are dedicated to bringing prominent women across numerous industries together to network and discuss topics related to women’s equality and empowerment.

The Scene at the Power Women Breakfast NYC 2019: Emily Ratajkowski, Norah O'Donnell and More (Photos)

  • Model/actress/entrepreneur/activist Emily Ratajkowski speaks with guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell and TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Glamour magazine Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry and Emily Ratajkowski at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and them. Executive Editor Whembley Sewell speak at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman takes the stage at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Tribeca Enterprises CEO Jane Rosenthal gives opening remarks at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and them. Executive Editor Whembley Sewell speak at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray speaks at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • them. Executive Editor Whembley Sewell speaks at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry introduces the next panel at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry and model/actress/entrepreneur/activist Emily Ratajkowski at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Samantha Barry speaks at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Emily Ratajkowski at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman speaks with “CBS Evening News anchor” and managing editor Norah O’Donnell at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell speaks at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman speaks with CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray mingles with guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman and Emily Ratajkowski at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman greets guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell with guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry with guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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  • Guests at the Power Women Breakfast NYC.

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First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray also headlined the annual event

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