This week we’re highlighting three women who have a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease.
First up is Nevada-native Senate-hopeful Sharron Angle who, while addressing a Las Vegas high school Hispanic Union, said “So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that.” Sorry, what?
(Angle was addressing an image of really mean-looking brown men she used in a recent campaign video, an image so stereotypical that it turned out to be a stock image used by another anti-immigration politician. Read more at the Wonk Room.)
Realizing she may have just said something ambiguously offensive, Angle countered by piling on more confusion sauce with, “What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.” This is a picture of Sharron Angle:
New political #protip: When in hot water, just call everyone in the room, yourself included, Asian!
Next up is Christine “Not a witch” O’Donnell, who embarrassingly asked Democratic opponent Chris Coons in a recent debate “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?”
You got us, Christine. The phrase “separation of church and state” doesn’t actually appear in the first amendment, but that’s where, for decades, the Supreme Court has pointed to (that’s how the politics works!) when considering things like, say, teaching evolution in school. Which is the real question you were being asked, and were probably avoiding cause you might say something like, I don’t know, “Evolution is a myth, why aren’t monkeys still evolving into hunans?” Cause you’ve said that.
And finally, the woman who takes the most trifling cake of all, is Mrs. Ginny Thomas, who as you probably know by now, left a voicemail for Anita Hill asking for an apology. For what? Testifying in 1991 against her husband, Clarence Thomas, for sexually harassing her while working as an aid and almost costing him his Supreme Court nomination. Thomas’s voicemail went a little something like this:
“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginny Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day.”
Naturally, Anita Hill thought this was a prank, its premise so absurd. But no, it was real, and Ginny Thomas, a prominent Tea Party member, stands by that she was “extending an olive branch,” clearly confusing this peace-making metaphor with “sending someone a flaming bag of poo. Across the airwaves.”
Anita Hill, now a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis, responded, “I appreciate that no offense was intended, but she can’t ask for an apology without suggesting that I did something wrong, and that is offensive.” It doesn’t get much classier than that folks. But she shouldn’t have had to say anything in the first place. And we’re sorry, Anita, that you have to deal with this BS.
We <3 you Anita!