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Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond, facing criticism online, is claiming his joke Wednesday night about senior White House Kellyanne Conway and an Oval Office couch was not meant to be sexual.

“Since some people have interpreted my joke to mean something that it didn’t I think it is important to clarify what I meant,” Richmond said in a statement. “Last night was night of levity. Where I grew up saying that someone is looking or acting ‘familiar’ simply means that they are behaving too comfortably.”

“I decided to use that joke due to the large social media backlash over her inappropriate posture considering there were more than 60 HBCU Presidents in the room,” Richmond added.

Referring to the infamous photo of Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch this week, Richmond quipped at the annual Washington Press Club Foundation congressional dinner on Wednesday: “I really just want to know what was going on there. I won’t tell anybody, and you can just explain to me that circumstance because she really looked kind of familiar in that position there.”

Richmond found himself under fire on social media earlier Thursday.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper didn’t buy Richmond’s excuse.

“Congressman Richmond’s ‘joke’ was sexist and inappropriate and his denial of what he was suggesting is insulting,” he tweeted.


New York Times editor: Trump's speech showed has an 'obsession' with 'adulation'

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Anna North, an editor for the New York Times editorial page, dipped into President Trump’s psyche and said the most remarked upon moment of his first joint session speech revealed an “obsession” he has with being liked.

In a column published Wednesday, North said when Trump paid homage to slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, whose wife attended the address, it demonstrated his “willingness to say whatever he needs to say” to get applause.

“When he imagines a deceased veteran gazing down from heaven at his widow, the president and the assembled Congress, he sees that veteran measuring the length of his own ovation, and patting himself on the back for breaking a record,” she said.

03/02/17 12:09 PM

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