When I watched the video last week of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) suggesting President Trump was targeting certain Democrat-run cities in America because their mayors were women, I cringed, because I knew it wasn’t true. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who both are also unhappy about Trump calling in federal LEOs, are not women (at least according to their Twitter profiles).
When I saw the video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) going on a long rant about how Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) confronting her on the Capitol steps over policy disagreements boiled down to sexism, I cringed, because her rant was wildly disingenuous and hypocritical.
And today, when I came across the video of Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) flashing the woman card in comments she made about how Attorney Gen. Bill Barr allegedly made it a point Wednesday during the House hearing to “speak over women”, I had had enough.
Before I go any further, let’s take a look at what Dean said in an interview on MSNBC earlier today about Barr:
“We have to hold him accountable to the American people,” Dean said on MSNBC. “You saw his effect yesterday. He was disrespectful, spoke over top of every one of us. In particular, he spoke over women. He was flanked by at least 10 staffers, not a person of color among them…. It was so disrespectful, the way he approached Congress, the way he approached our committee.”
"He was disrespectful, spoke over top of every one of us.
In particular, he spoke over women.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 29, 2020
Excuse me, but what the hell is she talking about with the “spoke over top of every one of us .. in particular, women” stuff? We know Rep. Dean wasn’t asleep during the hearing, because she reached for her moment in the national spotlight a few times like all the rest.
So where exactly was she coming off suggesting Barr was trying to be rude by speaking “over top” of everyone but especially women, especially when you consider the fact that NONE of the Democrats on the panel were willing to give him much time to answer their “questions” before cutting him off? Had I been Barr, I would have spoken over them, too.
I mean for crying out loud – the man was giving answers under penalty of perjury. As he said yesterday in one notable moment where a Democratic Congressman was cutting him off: “I’m gonna answer the damn question” whether Democrats like it or not.
After I saw Dean’s MSNBC remarks, this was my immediate reaction:
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) July 29, 2020
I have said this a thousand times and I will say it again so even the Democrats sitting way up on their high horses can hear it:
It’s both infantilizing and demeaning to ALL women when Democratic women bogusly trot out the woman card to score cheap political points. Sure, it probably helps them politically but it most certainly does not help the women they claim they are fighting for.
Repeatedly using the card as an excuse to bypass legitimate debates waters down the true meaning of “sexism” to nothing more than “man (most often a Republican) who disagrees with a woman (most often a Democrat).” That does not do a single woman any good. Not one.
Yes, sexism still exists. Unfortunately, it will never completely go away. But not every perceived slight is about sexism. Not every policy battle between a Republican man and a Democratic woman is because she’s a woman.
Sometimes – most of the time, in fact – these disagreements are nothing more than that: simple disagreements, the kind that may or may not be able to be settled through good old-fashioned passionate debate.
What a concept!