Dem Lawmaker Denies He Made Sexual Joke About Conway Couch Photo
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) is under fire for appearing to make a crude joke about White House counselor Kellyanne Conway being photographed on the Oval Office couch.
Richmond, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is seen on video gesturing to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who had apparently referenced the viral photograph.
"I really just want to know what was going on there," Richmond said, smiling.
"You can just explain to me that circumstance, because she really looked kind of familiar there in that position there," he added, as Scott grimaced at the remark.
"Don't answer-- and I don't want you to refer back to the 90's," Richmond said, apparently referring to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
Following criticism, Richmond said that he did not mean to imply anything of a sexual nature and that his joke was misinterpreted.
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Not everyone is buying the explanation. Chelsea Clinton called on Rep. Richmond to apologize to Conway for the "despicable" remark.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 3, 2017