2008 Dave Reichert, Sexist
posted by June 2 at 13:54 PMon
As Eli noted last week, Sen. Dave Reichert seized the occasion of the statewide Republican convention to make a hi-LAR-ious joke about Hillary Clinton falling to her death from a plane.
While I shouldn’t have to point out why joking about the death of a fellow politician is outrageous and offensive, I think it’s important to add that for a male politician to joke about the death of a female member of the rival party is really, extra not OK.* Especially when that female member of the rival party has been the subject of increasingly violent “jokes,” many of them using her actual death as a metaphor for the “death” of her campaign.
Don’t believe me? See here (“take her into the closet and only he comes out”), here, here (“run her over with a flat-bed truck”), here (“the only filly in the crowded field… who was euthanized”; “put her out of her misery”), here (“death with dignity”), here (“Clinton is as good as dead”), and here. (“Die Hillary Die!”).
By the way, this isn’t the first time Reichert has joked about how funny it would be if Clinton died. As Niki Sullivan at the Tacoma News Tribune points out, he’s been telling the “fall from a plane” joke since at least February, when Clinton’s campaign at least still stood a fighting chance. To make such a belittling (and violent) joke about Clinton now, when her campaign is coming to an end, is tone-deaf and totally inappropriate.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Reichert uses similarly condescending rhetoric against his challenger, Darcy Burner. Last time, Reichert wound down his campaign with an ad that mocked Burner’s resume, and was roundly criticized as sexist; the ad paints Burner as a know-nothing bubblehead who titters her way through a “job interview,” telling Reichert on her way out, “You won’t believe it — they’re looking for experience!” The smirk on his face at the end is priceless.
(Further context, including why violence against female politicians shouldn’t be a punchline, here.)