November 18, 2018

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) is among many who have called for the resignation of a local official, Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp, for a remark in which he used the phrase "master race," a concept from Nazism.

Klemp, who is white, told consultant Triveece Penelton, who is black, they were together "part of the master race" because they both have a gap in their teeth. "I don't want you to think I'm picking on you, because we're part of the master race," Klemp said. "You know you've got a gap in your teeth. You're the master race. Don't ever forget that."

Klemp has defended the comment as a joke, and another Leavenworth County official said Klemp has repeatedly used the phrase about gapped teeth in the past. However, Leavenworth's mayor said Klemp has been more inappropriate at other public occasions and this remark demonstrates a lack of "common decency."

"Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society,' Colyer said Saturday, "and most especially when spoken by someone holding public office." Bonnie Kristian

November 4, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Saturday came under fire for using a phrase referring to the historic enslavement of African Americans in describing the import of the Florida gubernatorial race between Ron DeSantis (R) and Andrew Gillum (D), who is black.

"Public policy matters. Leadership matters," Purdue said at a campaign rally. "And that is why this election is so cotton-pickin' important to the state of Florida. I hope you all don't mess it up." The DeSantis campaign told Politico to "ask Governor Perdue about any of his remarks," adding, "We were happy to have him in Polk County campaigning with us."

DeSantis himself previously said Gillum is "articulate" but voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by electing him. He has insisted the comments were not about race.

"[DeSantis] has only continued in the course of his campaign to draw all the attention he can to the color of my skin," Gillum responded at a debate in October. "The truth is, I've been black all of my life. So far as I know, I will die black." Bonnie Kristian

March 5, 2017

Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond (La.) has been widely criticized for crudely joking that White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway "really looked kind of familiar there in that position there" in a controversial photo that showed her kneeling on an Oval Office couch to snap a picture.

Asked about Richmond's apparent sexual innuendo in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declined to condemn the remark, instead deflecting attention to President Trump's history of inappropriate comments about women.

Richmond "maybe should be criticized" for his remark, Pelosi said, but protested she "just [doesn't] know the particulars" of what he said. That argument would hold more water if Tapper hadn't just played a clip of the entire joke while showing the photo of Conway.

"I guess the question is if one criticizes only Republicans when they make crude comments, does that not undermine the moral authority if they don't criticize when Democrats make crude comments?" Tapper asked. Once again, Pelosi didn't answer. Watch their exchange below. Bonnie Kristian

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