Kevin Cramer Insulted a Bunch of Democratic Women Over What They Were Wearing And, Honestly, Who Cares?
“But by the way, did you notice how poorly several of them were dressed as well?” Congressman Kevin Cramer asked, rhetorically, during an appearance on talk radio earlier today (not my show, another, I wasn’t aware of his comments until our interview today was over).
He was referring to a group of female Democrats who wore white as an attempt to “troll” President Donald Trump during his speech last night.
“It is a syndrome,” Cramer continued. “There is no question, there is a disease associated with the notion that a bunch of women would wear bad-looking white pantsuits in solidarity with Hillary Clinton to celebrate her loss. You cannot get that weird.”
Cue the outrage.
#WeWearWhite in solidarity & in honor of the women who secured our right to vote. @RepKevinCramer thinks thats 'weird' #NDPol https://t.co/H9MzaEiFaA
— JaimeNPeters (@JaimeNPeters) March 1, 2017
I wish Cramer hadn’t made those remarks. They come off as petty and mean-spirited and completely out of character.
While North Dakota’s at-large Congressman has a black belt in political pugilism, he’s not typically prone to personal insults. Maybe he’s trying to emulate Trump. I don’t know.
I hope he doesn’t keep it up.
That said, who the hell cares?
Cramer said something mean about a group of women who were trying to imply something mean about President Trump. That he doesn’t support women’s rights, or something.
Tonight, Democratic Members will wear suffragette white to oppose Republican attempts to roll back women's progress #WomenWearWhite pic.twitter.com/lh5YAIfVGW
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) February 28, 2017
The color white is a reference to the suffragette movement. Are we supposed to believe that Trump is going to remove from women the right to vote? Are we supposed to believe the millions and millions of women who cast their ballots for Trump were voting against their own rights?
Are Democrats the only arbiters of what is and is not the right sort of public policy for women?
And if we can’t mock a bunch of grandstanding politicians, who can we mock?
Petty political insults are one thing, but this weaponized victimhood Democrats deploy as a distraction from substantive policy debates is even more obnoxious.
The people who carry on as though everyone who dissents from liberal orthodoxy is a backwards, misogynistic bigot have little moral high ground to get up in arms over a Congressman saying something juvenile about clothing.