By now, we’ve all seen and heard the tape of Republican presidential nominee and serial misogynist Donald Trump basically bragging about sexually assaulting women. Well, according to one of the Orange Julius Caesar’s surrogates, that language was no worse than some of the lyrics sung by Beyoncé.
Appearing on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey really dug deep to somehow try and make Drumpf’s tourbus comments seem like not such a big deal. She said that if Hillary Clinton really took issue with phrases like “grab them by the pussy,” she also should have a problem with Beyoncé expressing gratification for the way she and her husband have consensual sex.
“I abhor lewd and bawdy language. I don’t listen to rap music. I don’t like that kind of thing,” McCaughey began clumsily. She stumbled on, saying, “…Hillary Clinton expresses that she finds the language on that bus horrific, but, in fact, she likes language like this: ‘I came to slay, bitch. When he eff me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster.’ That happens to be from Beyoncé, her favorite performer, whom she says she idolizes and would like to imitate.” She calls this dichotomy “hypocrisy” (though she pronounces it “hype-ocrisy”).
Once you get over the extremely awkward recitation of “Formation”, let’s break this down. What Bey says in that lyrics essentially is, “I’m a take-no-crap, empowered woman who demands appreciation and respect from my man, and yes, that includes sexual satisfaction” — and she’s not even running for office. McCaughey compares this to Trump’s bus talk, in which he pretty much says, “I can kiss and grope women at will because I’m famous. Also, it’s totally cool if I, a recently married man, try to bang someone else’s wife.” And this is a man who has repeatedly derided the Clinton family for alleged past sexual misconduct and is one election away from the Big Red Button. Who’s the hypocrite again?
Even McCaughey’s fellow conservative, CNN commentator Tara Setmayer, called her out for her weak-sauce, childish argument. However, Don Lemon’s incredulous laughter probably sums up the proper reaction best. Check out video of the segment below.