Joe Biden is announcing members of his senior administrative team as if he is on track to win the presidential election. Amazingly, one of the members of his team made a shocking sexual joke about pro-life White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Today, Biden announced several names on his theoretical White House administrative team. Among the names listed is Cedric Richmond, who would be named Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Ironically, Richmond was terrible at public engagement in 2017, when he was a member of Congress when he made a vile sexual joke about Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a media event. Here’s what happened:
At the annual fundraising dinner hosted by the Washington Press Club Foundation, politicians and journalists mingled for a light-hearted night where Congressmen like Tim Scott and Cedric Richmond headlined.
After Republican Senator Scott joked about the media’s uproar over that photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch as a silly thing to get upset about because “a whole lot worse” had happened on that couch, that led Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond to follow up with this remark:
CEDRIC RICHMOND: Tim, you kind’ve opened the door. You even mentioned Kellyanne and the picture on the sofa. But I really just want to know what was going on there, because, I won’t tell anybody. And you can just explain to me that — that circumstance, because she really looked kind of familiar there in that position there. But don’t answer. And I don’t want you to refer back to the ’90s.
According to the Post, the joke left the room in an awkward silence, unlike Scott’s joke which had left the audience laughing.
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Unlike the networks, the Post found Richmond’s remarks worth reporting on, calling them “cringe-worthy” and “downright offensive:”
“On the list of things not to say about any woman — let alone one of the most powerful women in Washington right now — well, this tops it,” said Amber Phillips.
Richmond responded mid-day Thursday, telling the paper that he did not mean the joke in a sexual way, but that is not how most people have interpreted what he said. Richmond even stuck to his guns, saying he was only noting that Conway’s seating position was “inappropriate” considering the guests present in the Oval Office at the time. But many didn’t buy Richmond’s excuse. CNN’s Jake Tapper even bashed it as “insulting:”
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that a presidential candidate who repeatedly gropes women and has been credible accused of sexual assault has named as a top advisor someone who would make such a disgusting and sexist joke about a woman. He should remove Richmond’s name from his list of potential administrative staff immediately.