Republicans everywhere collectively cringed after Congressman Todd Rokita of Indiana appeared on CNN to talk about the government shutdown. (And if they didn't, they should have.) Whilst chatting (read: mansplaining) with anchor Carol Costello about why Obamacare is insidious (seriously, he said that word about 10 times during the interview), he told Costello A) that she looked young, and B) that she's beautiful but not honest.
It was just a classy, totally unsexist, not insulting in the least discourse between two intelligent people, and Republicans everywhere should be stoked that this dude is yukking it up on a national news station. Because he's got some really valid points to make.
After the two went back and forth about Obamacare and the shutdown (Him: "I don’t know if you have children yet, I’m sure you don’t have grandchildren yet, you look much too young, but we’re fighting for them. Do you have any idea how much this law is going to cost?" Her: "Do you know how much it costs every day the government is partially shut down? You’re costing taxpayers millions and millions of dollars!"), Rokita concluded with the ad hominem argument of: "Carol, you're a beautiful woman, but you have to be honest." Rokita was referencing the dishonest media, who's "part of the problem" since they fail to report that Obamacare is "one of the most insidious laws ever developed by men." And after that, Costello wrapped up the segment, assumingly because it had nothing to do with Obamacare, or the shutdown, or politics really at all at that point.
It's pretty obvious that Rokita's attitude toward Costello was completely sexist and rude and not at all how he'd act if he were being interviewed by man. But also, perhaps less obvious, it's clear that Rokita didn't have anything of value to say about what's going on, so he resorted to lame happy hour pickup lines. And the word "insidious." Keep it classy.
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