Every few weeks a random congressional representative will stumble out of the shadows of obscurity and make national headlines by saying something outrageously sexist, racist, or otherwise offensive — it’s a tale as old as the 1st United States Congress.
Typically, it’s an old GOP congressman who will say something like “[Black people] hate white people because white people are successful” or perhaps they’ll blame a white nationalist rally on a “Obama sympathizer.” However, this time, the wildly offensive comment was made by a Democratic congresswoman, who blamed victims of sexual assault on the actions of women.
In an interview with NBC5, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas weighed in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal by saying women could avoid sexual harassment if they wanted to by simply appearing less “inviting.”
“I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as it was a man’s — how you were dressed, what your behavior was,” she said. “I’m from the old school that you can have behaviors that appear to be inviting. It can be interpreted as such.”
Additionally, Johnson said it was the “responsibility…of the female” to avoid such “inviting” looks that she believes can lead to sexual misconduct.
“We also need to start talking about the power that women have to control the situation. There’s law enforcement, you can refuse to cooperate with that kind of behavior,” she added.
The cherry on top of this jaw-dropping, blinking-guy GIF-inducing interview was Johnson claiming men “get away” with sexual assault because “because they are allowed to get away with it by the women.”
Watch above via NBC5 Dallas.
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