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MARCH 8, 2017
Are sexist comments only for Republicans? Fellow Democrats and liberal womens’ groups need to condemn a Democrat congressman’s insult of Kellyanne Conway, Concerned Women for America (CWA) President Penny Nance says. Nance issued a statement Monday calling on House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to rebuke Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) for commenting that Conway, an advisor to President Donald Trump, was down on her knees in a “familiar” pose:
“Nancy Pelosi needs to call Mr. Richmond on the carpet and send out a clear, unmistakable warning to her caucus and all Democrats that neither she, nor the Democratic Party leadership, will tolerate sexism, misogyny and chauvinism in their ranks. There can be no double standard for Kellyanne Conway who was viciously attacked by Democratic congressman.” Nance also said that it would be hypocritical for liberal womens’ activist groups to let the comment pass without condemning it:
Apparently drawing a comparison to the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, Rep. Richmond made the controversial comment about Conway at the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner last Wednesday: “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. But, don’t answer, and I don’t want you to refer back to the 1990s.” Richmond released a “clarification” in response to backlash about his comment, but has yet to apologize.
On Sunday, Pelosi refused to condemn Richmond's
comment. As usual Democrats can say what Republicans can't.