President Obama and his aides are up to their usual deeply unpresidential vitriol, suggesting evil motives on the part of Republicans for opposing Obama’s agenda.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today compared Republican opponents of the Paycheck Fairness Act to “conservatives” who fought civil rights legislation.
Carney spoke today at the White House briefing:
Republicans object to this strenuously using the same arguments that conservatives used when they objected to very bit of progress made on civil rights for women and minorities over the past many decades. And they were wrong then, and they are wrong now.
Actually, Republicans oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act because it would add new red tape and bureaucracy for businesses and cause artificial business decisions to preempt government intrusiveness, harming both male and female employees. Not because they hate women.
Carney offered up his nasty rebuke at the end of a tortuous five-minute effort to parry persistent questioning from ABC’s Jonathan Karl about the White House’s own gender pay gap.
Speaking today at the White House about the gender “wage gap,” President Obama avoided the racism equivalency charge, instead describing Republicans as anti-women and hostile toward working people.
I don’t know why you would resist the idea that women should be paid the same as men, and then deny that that’s not always happening out there. If Republicans in Congress want to prove me wrong, if they want to show that they, in fact, do care about women being paid the same as men, then show me. They can start tomorrow. They can join us in this, the 21st century, and vote yes on the Paycheck Fairness Act. (Applause.) Vote yes . . .
On minimum wage, three out of four Americans support raising the minimum wage. Usually when three out of four Americans support something, members of Congress are right there. (Laughter.) And yet here, Republicans in Congress are dead set against it, blocking a pay raise for tens of millions of Americans — a majority of them women. This isn’t just about treating women fairly. This is about Republicans seemingly opposing any efforts to even the playing field for working families.
It just boggles the mind that we have a White House that routinely villainizes half the country, over which it also presides. What a sad moment this is.