Posted: 04/04/17 10:31
by Dave Mindeman
On the House floor, Minority Leader Melissa Hortman noticed something after listening to an impassioned speech from Rep. Omar about "Bloody Sunday"...
Hortman noticed that several of her male colleagues were not on the floor listening to the speech and made a "call of the House", a motion that brings members back to the floor. "I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate."
Maybe a trace of sarcasm in there, but it rings true.
However, Rep. Dettmer found this somehow offensive and responded...
"I'm a white male. I respect everybody. But I really believe that the comments made by the Minority Leader were really not appropriate."
Really? You respect everybody but cannot seem to see the point of concern raised by your House colleague? Your white male colleagues disrespect and ignore the women on the floor...women of color...and YOU are the one that gets offended?
Oh, Rep. Dettmer, life is so tough for white male Republicans. There are so many racist comments against YOU. The House puts up a bill which, if truth be told, targets Black Lives Matter's ability to protest...and it is YOU who are offended.
Dettmer demanded an apology. Yes, an apology. But Hortman was having none of that..
"I have no intention of apologizing. I'm really tired of watching women of color in particular being ignored. So I'm not sorry."
Which prompted Dettmer to give us one of those patronizing, sexist, horsepuckey responses....
"All I know is if I would have made a comment like that, it would have probably made the front page of the newspapers. And Minority Leader, I do forgive you."
Nobody asked for your forgiveness. Nobody asked you for anything. You just volunteered your mansplaining sexist condescension...as an aside.
And then here is the kicker. Rep. Greg Davids, who had the gavel at the time, later gives his own lecture to Melissa Hortman on Twitter:
"I was greatly offended by minority leader Hortman's racist statement about white males." Said created "hostile working environment"...Rep. Greg Davids said he thinks House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman should resign for comments re: breaking up 100% white male card game.
Resign? Seriously? The "boys club" is not allowed to be criticized?
The ridiculous nature of how the GOP House Republican majority rules the House needs to be examined.
Dettmer and Davids are in the clown car.