Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) was speaking at the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner, and made the following “joke” about the photo of Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch in order to take a photo of President Trump with the heads of the nation’s black colleges:
Directing his remarks to Republican Sen. Tim Scott, who was at the White House event and, speaking before Richmond, had previously alluded to the (stupid, but typical of the manufactured Trump “scandals” of late) controversy over Conway being too casual, or something, by kneeling on the Oval Office sofa by noting that “a whole lot worse” had occurred on that sofa when Clinton was in office, Richmond snickered,
“I really just want to know what was going on there, because, you know, I won’t tell anybody. And you can just explain to me that circumstance — because she really looked kind of familiar in that position there. Don’t answer — and I don’t want you to refer back to the 1990s.”
HAHAHAHA! That’s denigrating innuendo, clear as the prairie skies, suggesting that Conway, because she is a woman, routinely engages in fellatio. It’s a powerful male slut-shaming a professional woman, because Richmond doesn’t like her boss, so she deserves it. The “but don’t answer” makes the statement’s intent clear. This was as obviously an ugly, sexist, misogynist remark as Candidate Trump’s infamous, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” in reference to Fox anchor Megyn Kelly. It is another example of the rampant Asshole Virus that has infected, perhaps fatally, the Democratic party, its leaders, and its allies.
More proof of the scope of the epidemic is that no feminist activists, nor Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris or any prominent progressive women, reacted by condemning Richmond—but then he’s a black Democrat, so nobody on the Left will hold him accountable. That’s how they roll, now. It isn’t what you do, it’s who does it.
The Washington Post, which last year meticulously set out to demonstrate that Trump’s ridiculous contention that by “wherever” he meant Kelly’s nose (it was a menstrual joke), naturally glosses over what Richmond said, noting,
“But it seemed to some in the audience that he was making a reference to a sexual act.”
Oh did it? My, what dirty minds some have! It seemed to everyone but dim bulbs and those trying to cover for the smug, partyist, sexist pig (Ah, but a Democratic smug, partyist sexist pig!) that he was alluding to blow-jobs, because of course women with influence and power in a Republican administration could only acquire them by submitting to male dominance by servicing their baser needs. The Post (and its female reporter) disgraces and exposes itself by pretending Richmond could have meant anything else. Then it offers Richmond’s mind-meltingly dishonest explanation without providing a rebuttal or even a metaphorical arched eyebrow.
Richmond entered Jumbo territory. “Sexual innuendo? Sexism? What sexual innuendo and sexism?” He insisted he had no such intention. How could anyone think such a thing?
Here is what he said again, in case your own anti- Conway, anti-Trump bias tempts you to defend this vicious jackass:
“I really just want to know what was going on there [Sure looks suspicious to me! By the way, Kelly is pretty hot!], because, you know, I won’t tell anybody [It’s just between us. Come on, spill the beans. She did the whole room, right?]. And you can just explain to me that circumstance — because she really looked kind of familiar in that position there. [You know, kneeling like that. A sexual “position.” If you get my meaning. Kind of familiar, right? Nudge nudge; wink wink; snort snort…) Don’t answer — and I don’t want you to refer back to the 1990s.”[Never mind, we don’t want to talk about hummers here, there are ladies present, and by the way, this is what you get for impugning our Great President Bubba for his personal, private conduct with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.]
Now his “Who, me?” doubletalk:
“Since some people have interpreted my joke to mean something that it didn’t I think it is important to clarify what I meant. Where I grew up saying that someone is looking or acting ‘familiar’ simply means that they are behaving too comfortably. I decided to use that joke due to the large social media backlash over her inappropriate posture considering there were more than 60 HBCU Presidents in the room.”
Oh, well that makes complete––what? Hey, jerk, if the comment wasn’t sexual, what was the “joke”? Go ahead, where was the alleged humor, if it wasn’t a sex joke?
Richmond’s “explanation” is a confession, and he doesn’t even realize it.
So the coarsening of the political culture and civil discourse continues, with Democrats making the idiotic—but liberating!—decision that they should fight the President by emulating his worst character flaws. Of course—I say of course because it is obvious to me, but it is apparently not obvious to them because “bias makes you stupid” and crude—the down side of this strategy is that it eliminates the most damning distinction between the President and his opponents, which is that he has the manners of a 14 year old raised by baboons. They are making the same, fatal mistake that Marco Rubio made in the debates when he stooped to impugning Trump’s penis measurements because the Senator was sick of being called “Little Marco.” Republicans didn’t like seeing their Senator stoop that low.
Democrats and their allied tribes, however, are apparently undisturbed when one of their Congressmen calls a Republican woman a slut. After all, she deserves it.
Congressman Richmond just revealed to Americans that Democratic men in power are just as quick to spit misogynist cheap shots at women who oppose them as Trump was with Megyn Kelly. The reaction to this from Democrats, progressives, feminists, celebrities—Meryl? Hello? Are you there?––and servile pundits shows that their outrage runs only in one, cynical direction, giving Richmond a pass just as they allowed Bill Maher to call Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, twats and cunts without criticism or consequences.
Let me slightly update my conclusion from the previous post on this topic:
The Democratic Party has turned itself into the Asshole Party.
And it is allowing its hate for Donald Trump to turn everyone who supports it into assholes too.
(I would say that it has also abandoned integrity, but that happened long ago.)
UPDATE: Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel chastised Richmond in a series of tweets, saying,
@RepRichmond, you may think this is funny, but it’s not. It’s disgusting & offensive….A snarky joke for you is just a reminder of the demeaning comments women hear every single day. And trust me, it happens to all women. Don’t ‘clarify,’ @RepRichmond – apologize. I’d suggest using Women’s History Month to lift us up instead of knocking us down.”
The Louisiana GOP asked Democrats in the state to join them in condemning Richmond’s comment, issuing a statement that said,
“Using inappropriate sexual innuendos to demean women is sexism at its worse. Given that March is Women’s History Month, Congressman Richmond’s remarks about the first woman to successfully manage a U.S. presidential campaign are especially disgusting.”
Meh, who cares what Republicans say, and besides, that report is from Fox News! The party of the pussy-grabber, and the news network of Roger Ailes? They don’t respect women, like good, gender-warriors Democrats. Hey, did you hear the one about Kellyanne Conway’s White House “briefings”?
UPDATE 2: UltraViolet, a liberal women’s group that I have never heard of (Have you?), did criticize Richmond’s comments, despite acknowledging that it disagrees with “just about everything” Conway does or says, saying in a statement,
“No woman deserves to be treated the way Congressman Richmond treated Conway.”
So now feminists can claim that they all reacted appropriately, I suppose.