Pelosi declines to criticize Richmond – Politico

“He maybe should be criticized for that. I just don’t know the particulars,” Pelosi said. | AP Photo

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi declined Sunday to criticize Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond for a crude joke at last week’s congressional correspondents dinner aimed at top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

At the dinner, Richmond (D-La.) pointed to a photo of Conway kneeling on the couch in the Oval Office — after taking a photo of President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black colleges and universities — and said: “She really looked kind of familiar in that position.” Then he mentioned “the 1990s,” an allusion to Monica Lewinsky’s affair with President Bill Clinton. Richmond has since denied the joke was meant to be sexual.

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Asked Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether Richmond should apologize, Pelosi (D-Calif.) demurred.

“Well, I wasn’t at the dinner. I’m just finding out about this,” she said, pivoting to slam Trump for his 2005 comments caught on an “Access Hollywood” hot microphone. “You all are criticizing Cedric for something he said in the course of the evening. And he maybe should be criticized for that. I just don’t know the particulars.”

Pressed by host Jake Tapper, who called the joke “sexist” and “disgusting,” Pelosi said she will “look at what my colleague said there.”

She added: “I, every day, marvel at the fact that somebody who said the gross and crude things that President Trump said, he wouldn’t even be allowed in a frat house, and he’s in the White House.”


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