Wait, Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Refer to Lindsey Graham As a ‘Woman of the Senate’?
Here at Mediaite, we tend to agree that “Lindsey” is a woman’s name. That’s because we have a female Lindsey on staff and many of us know female Lindseys in our daily lives.
Names can’t really be gendered, of course. Nothing is truly gendered and that’s totally okay! Still, just like when there is a majority of a party in the House and Senate, when the majority of Lindseys are ladies, people tend to make assumptions about the group. Of course, just as the assumption that having a Republican majority in the House and Senate would lead to a smooth and quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act was incorrect, the assumption that all Lindseys are women is similarly wrong.
You can’t blame Donald Trump for believing that his fellow party members would get it together over the ACA and you can’t really blame Ruth Bader Ginsburg for thinking Lindsey Graham was a woman while accepting an Allegheny College award for civility in public life. Yeah, Trump had the indicators that Paul Ryan‘s replacement bill was sort of a dumpster fire and Ginsburg has been around American politics long enough to know better, but we all make mistakes and referring to “the women of the Senate, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Lindsey Graham,” is a mistake we can understand.
Okay, fine, all of this tendency to go easy on RBG for the alleged slip-up might come from this reporter’s personal bias on the issue. Beyond all that, there’s an argument to be made that the octogenarian didn’t even call him a woman in the first place. Here’s the full statement:
Let’s hope members of Congress, the members that Allegheny College has already honored — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain, the women of the Senate, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Lindsey Graham — let’s hope that they and others of goodwill will lead in restoring harmonious work ways.
See, she was almost certainly referring to the specific honorees, which included both Senator Graham AND the “Women of the Senate” as whole, then individually referring to Feinstein and Graham. It’s less funny, but it’s not that implausible, either. For a bunch of reasons.
Check out the Examiner‘s video of the whole thing above. Decide for yourself.
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