The Republican House Majority Leader's Incredibly Sexist Remark to Salon's Editor-in-Chief
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On MSNBC’s Hardball, Salon editor-in-chief Joan Walsh and former Republican House majority leader Dick Armey engaged in a heated exchange on Rush Limbaugh and his recent controversial comments. Walsh repeatedly condemned Limbaugh’s remarks, saying that conservatives should stand up to the hate radio host. Toward the end, the conversation turned sexist when Armey said he was glad he wasn’t married to Walsh:
ARMEY: I’m so damn glad that you can never be my wife because I surely wouldn’t have to listen to that prattle from you every day.
WALSH: Boy, that makes two of us sir. That was really an outstanding comment.
ARMEY: That’s what I’m talking about — she’s making a political malarkey here.
Politico reports that New York Times columnist Bob Herbert told host Chris Matthews that Armey "was so far out of line in the last segment with his sexist comments, and he owes Joan Walsh and your viewers an apology." Matthews called the comments “ overboard” and apologized on Armey's behalf.
Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.