Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) was one of the keynote speakers at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s annual dinner, and while the event was intended to be a lighthearted fundraiser, the lawmaker has come under fire for his comments about Kellyanne Conway. During his speech, Richmond joked about the viral photo of Conway in the Oval Office with her feet on a couch, saying, “She really looked kind of familiar there in that position […] and I don’t want to refer you back to the ’90s.”
As the congressman came under fire from Democrats and Republicans, his office released a statement saying, “Some people have interpreted my joke to mean something that it didn’t. […] Last night was a night of levity. Where I grew up, saying that someone is looking or acting familiar simply means that they are behaving too comfortably.”
Conway herself has not commented on the remarks; however Ronna Romney McDaniel, who is the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee and the niece of Mitt Romney, posted a series of tweets demanding an apology. McDaniel called Richmond’s remarks “disgusting and offensive.”
In response the statement that given, the chairwoman declared, “don’t ‘clarify’ […] apologize.”
March is Women’s History Month, which Richmond celebrated with a tweet, but thus far, his office has not issued an apology to Conway.
The Louisiana state GOP office also released a statement saying that Richmond owes Conway a “sincere and prompt apology” and said that the “remarks about the first woman to successfully manage a US presidential campaign are especially disgusting.”