Quote of the Day: “White men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks on repealing the health care law in Washington

As we learned during the last election, sometimes there’s nothing like a recording of a closed-door event with supporters to reveal what politicians really think. In a private event at the all-male Hibernian Society of Charleston, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is considering a presidential run, told the audience:

“I’m trying to help you with your tax status. I’m sorry the government’s so fucked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”

And the crowd laughed and laughed. Graham confirmed his comments to CNN, but, in a predictable move, says he was just joking around–he’s folksy like that, ya know?–and making fun of the society’s all-male membership. As Melissa asks, what exactly is the punchline then?

Because it’s hard to make a joke about something that is just straight-up true. We know that the GOP’s policies benefit white men above everyone else, and it’s been clear for awhile that Senator Graham personally seems to have a problem with powerful women of color–not to mention a belief that fetuses should have more rights than people.

Here’s the audio clip–with some bonus jokes about Baptists.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

Read more about Maya

Join the Conversation