Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, cracked a joke about Trump aide Kellyanne Conway at a Washington Press Club Foundation dinner Wednesday night.
Referring to the now-infamous photo of Conway kneeling on the Oval Office couch, Richmond said, "She really looked kind of familiar in that position there."
He later said in a statement that Conway looked "familiar" in the sense of "overly comfortable." But many construed the remark as having sexist connotations.
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Before Richmond's joke, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) had joked that "a whole lot worse" had happened on that sofa, apparently referring to former President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Richmond's office responded to the controversy over the joke in a statement.
"Last night was a night of levity," the statement read. "Where I grew up saying that something is looking or acting 'familiar' simply means that they are behaving too comfortably. I decided to use that joke due to the large social media backlash over her inappropriate posture considering there were more than 60 HBCU presidents in the room."
But by that point the perceived sexism of the joke had spread far and wide.
Even Richmond's fellow Democrats criticized the joke.
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