In a display of hypocrisy staggering even by their subterranean low standards, the GOP is acting outraged over viral comments made by newly elected Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) in which she referred to Donald Trump as a “motherf*cker” and promised to pursue his impeachment.
The party led by the man who bragged about “grabbing women by the pussy” wants us to believe that in actuality they have a problem with crude language. Donald Trump regularly insults and demeans women and minorities in terms far more offensive than those used by Tlaib.
Republicans have no right to ignore Trump’s hateful rhetoric and then feign anger over a harmless, offhanded swear word from a Democratic Congresswoman to a group of her supporters, especially when Republican Vice-President Dick Cheney once told a Democratic Senator to go f*ck himself on the Senate floor.
House GOP Chair Liz Cheney condemns @RashidaTlaib for “foul language” at presser. Her dad Dick Cheney told Sen Leahy to “go f@@k yourself” on the Senate floor when he was VP
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) January 4, 2019
Of course, the reality is that Republicans don’t care about Tlaib’s comments, but believe they can exploit them to score cheap points by giving lip service to civility politics. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is spearheading the GOP’s bad faith complaints. In a new address to reporters, he condemned “foul language” and said that previous Republican freshman representatives signed on to a resolution to avoid using it.
Unwilling to let the pathetic statement go unchallenged, a reporter pointed out that Trump previously referred to adult film star Stormy Daniels as a “horseface.” The reporter then asked if any Republicans within McCarthy’s caucus condemned the comments at the time.
The simple truth is that the Republican Party did not stand up for Stormy Daniels, nor have they stood up for any of the other targets of Trump’s vindictive, sexist rhetoric. McCarthy should be ashamed of this pathetic display of pearl-clutching.
And for what it’s worth, it’s not like McCarthy had any problem with it in the past:
McCarthy campaigned for a congressman (now former) in 2018 who lamented you could no longer call sexually active women “sluts.” https://t.co/NmHa3s5RUk
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 4, 2019