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White House Will Not Remove Alan Simpson From Deficit Commission Despite ‘Tit’ Comment

Last week, we reported on former Senator and Deficit Commission Co-Chair Alan Simpson’s remarks in an email, describing “any system in America” as a “milk cow with 310 million tits.” The comment has renewed calls for Simpson to be removed from the commission.

At today’s briefing, I asked Robert Gibbs if this latest incident would prompt the President to remove Simpson. Gibbs, citing Simpson’s apology, made it clear the former Senator isn’t going anywhere.


Transcript:

Tommy Christopher:    Thanks, Robert.  I have three quick questions.  First, does the President have any reaction to renewed calls for Alan Simpson to be removed from the deficit commission, based on an email that he sent to the president of the OWL, comparing America to a —

MR. GIBBS:  Senator Simpson sent an email that he’s now apologized for.  We regret that he sent that email.  We don’t condone those comments.  But Senator Simpson has and will continue to serve on the commission.

Of course, this isn’t Simpson’s first strike. When I asked Gibbs about calls for Simpson’s removal in June over his “lesser people” remark, he said he didn’t know anything about it. This time, he ignored it completely.

While Simpson’s use of the word “tit” in an email to Older Women’s League executive director Ashley Carson is offensive, it’s Simpson’s view of Americans as lesser, suckling calf-people that makes him unsuitable for the commission in the eyes of his critics.

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