US Representative Cedric Richmond has apologized after making a joke about a viral photo of Kellyanne Conway. Richmond said at the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner that Conway looked familiar while kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office. President of the National Organization for Women in Baton Rouge Angela Adkins says apologizing was the right thing for Richmond to do.
“I was kind of surprised that he said something like that, but I am grateful that he issued an apology. It was appropriate for an inappropriate comment,” Adkins said.
Adkins says Richmond does a lot of good work for women, and she believes he made a mistake. She’s glad he realized it was a mistake and is optimistic he won’t make derogatory comments in the future. But she says the Congressman’s joke says a lot about the national dialogue about women.
“Women have not been at the forefront of rights issues in a long time, and I think people got comfortable. They got complacent, and not people are waking up and realizing that things aren’t as good as we thought they were,” Adkins said.
Adkins says to change this dialogue, women and their supporters need to speak up if someone says or does something in appropriate. She encourages people to be engaged in the conversations about women and stay informed about policies lawmakers propose in the upcoming regular session.
“You can’t be complacent. You have to get out. You have to stay engaged with our government, and I think people are realizing that now. They can’t just sit back and watch TV and go buy lattes,” Adkins said.