A California Democratic congressman who is running for president thought he'd grab a little support last week by tweeting how "unacceptable" it is that the word "woman" is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.
"Women must be equally represented and equally protected," U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell wrote.
You could just imagine how proud he must have felt as he waited for contributions from women throughout the country to roll in.
But what rolled in were answers to his tweet, noting that the word "man" is not mentioned in the Constitution, either.
"You should try reading the document you swore to uphold before engaging in mindless and divisive virtue signaling," one reply aptly put it.
Clueless in Minnesota
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, who has made made repeated anti-Semitic statements during her brief tenure in Congress, waded into another controversial area last week — the crisis in Venezuela.
The U.S., she opined, has "helped lead the devastation in Venezuela" and has bullied the socialist regime of President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro, of course, has nearly bankrupted the country, which is mired in poverty and food shortages.
It is true that President Donald Trump has demanded Maduro resign after the country's National Assembly made National Assembly President Juan Guaidó its leader in January, but the country's mess was Maduro's own making.
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikky Haley, who knows a little more than Omar about the situation, set the record straight.
"[T]he average Venezuelan adult has lost 24 [pounds]," she wrote on Twitter. "Babies have no medicine. Families have to walk miles in the heat to get the only meal they may have that day. All [because] of the corrupt Maduro regime. Your comments are so far from the truth. Cuba and Russia appreciate your support."
'Kill them now or later'
During an abortion debate in the Alabama House last week, Democratic state Rep. John Rogers made a mind-numbingly stunning statement on the procedure, saying "Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later."
May we first say that he is one of the few Democrats to refer to aborted babies as "kids." They're not usually referred to anything alive but simply as masses of protoplasm.
Beyond that, for an elected member of a state legislature to hold that opinion is incredibly insensitive and naive. Who is to say, even if a mother does not want a child, that the child could not be wanted and loved by someone else? And who is to say that every unwanted, unloved child will wind up in the electric chair?
Rogers statement, said U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, is "one of the most horrific statements I've ever heard from an elected official."
Of course the statement by the Alabama House member, who also said he "may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectormies," didn't induce outrage in everyone. The Hill headlined its coverage: "Conservatives pounce on Alabama state Dem's abortion comments."
It's not about Rogers, you see. It's about the reaction to him.
Racist docs killing moms
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, a 2020 presidential candidate, said something nearly as outrageous last week about black women and their health.
Asked about the discrepency between blacks and whites regarding the risk of death of mothers from pregnancy-related causes at the She the People Democratic Presidential Forum in Texas, she could have answered truthfully. She could have said fewer black women chose to seek medical care, or she could have chosen to state that fewer black women were likely to have insurance. But without mentioning any supporting evidence whatsoever, she chose to play the race card.
Throwing the entire medical profession under the bus, Warren said "doctors and nurses don't hear African-American women's medical issues the same way that they hear the same things from white women."
"And we've got to change that, and we've got to change it fast because people's lives are at stake," she said.
Glossing over how the mother might have behaved during pregnancy, how she treated her body and whether she regularly saw a doctor, Warren said her solution would be to give hospitals that reduce maternal death rates bonuses and penalize those who don't.
You just can't make this stuff up.