UPDATE: Not only does Democratic leadership have a problem in not standing up and denouncing Salazar’s remarks, but an astute reader alerted us to the fact that Salazar, himself, didn’t apologize until the media blew up his comments. In fact, he denied his comments twice in response to a tweet by Rep. Polly Lawrence – once on the House floor (here at the 11:11 mark) and once on Twitter (here). We get it – his crocodile tears equate to mourning for his limping political career, but his apologies would be far better received if he had apologized right away, instead of after the media caught wind of his ridiculous remarks. His apology also would be better received if he had actually apologized for the remarks instead of for “offending”.
Remember that time when Todd Akin, a Republican Senatorial candidate from Missouri, made super ridiculous and insensitive comments about rape and every Republican candidate denounced his remarks with lightning speed? It’s unfortunate that Colorado’s Democratic leadership doesn’t find it worthwhile to similarly denounce the insensitive remarks of Colorado Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar, who has found himself in hot water at a national level for his comments. See his comments in the Revealing Politics clip below:
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at,” Salazar remarked in debate late Friday night. “And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.”
Yes, you read that correctly. That happened on Friday evening. Coloradans are still waiting for Governor Hickenlooper, Speaker Ferrandino, or any of the Democratic leadership to denounce these comments. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Women know when they’re in danger – they’re intuitive like that. Rep. Salazar to questioning of women’s ability to discern a bodily threat could cause some women to not trust their instinct. That’s wrong. His comments were wrong. The silence from the left when one of their own says something offensive to women is wrong. Shame on you, Hick and Ferrandino. At least the right has the respectfulness to denounce its own when it comes to women’s issues.