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PARTY FOUL

Republican Congressman Refers to Women Colleagues as ‘Eye Candy’

If a sentence starts with the words “I’m not sexist, but” something wildly offensive, awkward, and cringe-y is about to be said.

Republican lawmaker Mark Walker’s comments today were no exception to this law of conversation, as he committed a similar party foul while at a press conference in front of the Capitol Building today. In his remarks, Walker told reporters that he’d call his women colleagues eye candy if “it wasn’t sexist” — however, these stated reservations were apparently not enough to hold him back from making the joke.

“The accomplished men and women of the RSC, and women, if it wasn’t sexist I would say [they are] the RSC eye candy, but we’ll leave that out of the record, are not attention seekers,” said Walker.

The RSC is the Republican Study Committee — a group that Walker chairs. Several men standing behind Walker laughed at the joke and a woman let out a courtesy chuckle, but two of the other women in the frame did not share the same amusement.

Earlier today, Walker attempted to walk back the sexist comment in a statement, saying, “During a press event today, I made a flippant remark meant to be light-hearted but fell short. I’m proud of the women who serve in our RSC leadership.”

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