I’m late to the party on this one, but it deserves a special post.
That’s Rhode Island state senator Tiara Mack’s Fourth of July video, showing her (as you can see) twerking upside-down in a bikini. Mack says to the camera, “Vote Senator Mack.” Classy!
The mind boggles. Elected officials are obligated to represent high standards of decorum and respect for their office. Does it really have to be explained why this conduct is irresponsible and disrespectful, as well as civically incompetent? If twerking half-naked on one’s head is acceptable public behavior by a legislator, what isn’t? This is, in the words of the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “defining deviancy down.”
Incredibly, Mack’s response to the criticism of her video is even more disqualifying for public office than issuing a campaign video that looks like her audition tape for employment at a strip club.
That tweet may be the best example yet of the adage that when Republicans or conservatives misbehave, they are the issue, but when Democrats misbehave, it’s the Republican/conservative reaction that matters. Republicans pounce!—as they should, and as should Democrats as well.
Mack didn’t stop there. She issued two more videos, saying in one “My constituents fricking love that I’m a real person and fun and not a robot” and in another, “I’m trying to determine which point of envy these people are mad at. Is the Ivy League degree? Is it the sitting state senator? Is it the bodacious body? Because the hate is real and abundant.”
Does it need to be said that criticizing a state legislator for acting like a low-rent carnival side-show performer isn’t envy and doesn’t arise from hate? The criticism’s origins are basic values of civilization and the natural desire to have elected representatives that don’t make you want to emigrate to Costa Rica.
Then, in an interview with local radio station WJAR, Mack complained that when it comes to coverage of her, the media errs on the side of racist and sexist tropes while her accomplishments in the legislature and “as a national champion rugby player” are ignored. What does rugby have to do with being a Rhode Island State Senator? What does twerking have to do with her office either? What an astounding insult to voters to send the message that a video like that would prompt significant numbers of Rhode Island residents to decide, “That settles it! A woman who can twerk like that is my kind of legislator!”
Mack’s opponent in the Senate District 6 Democratic primary, former state Rep. Joe Almeida, told WJAR that the video is disrespectful to the R.I. Senate and “an insult to all women.” Oh, Joe, it’s much more than that! It’s an insult to the State Senate, women, the Democratic Party, voters, Rhode Island, the USA, the concept of democracy, her race and her species.
On the positive side, the video and Mack’s responses to criticism of it make it screamingly clear that the woman is a pathological narcissist.
Good to know!
One last thing: is it my imagination, or are voters really electing more utter fools to state and national legislatures than ever before?