Shockingly, Washington Post Reporter Has Conniption Fit Over Word “Beautiful”

by William Teach | March 22, 2016 7:41 am

It’s time for yet another episode of Offended! First off, Washington Post Opinions Deputy Digital Editor Karen Attiah tweeted out this Monday (via The Lid[1])

So. I got hit on today by Donald Trump.

— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) March 21, 2016[2]

Finally, a few hours later, she explains, and, like most liberals, ends up an emotional wreck, all sorts of triggering and microaggressions

I asked Trump a policy question. Then he called me ‘beautiful.’[3]

Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination, met with The Washington Post’s editorial board Monday[4] to answer questions ranging from his views on NATO and the American criminal justice system to the violence that has been plaguing his rallies. We hoped that we would get to peel back some of the layers of Trump. In our meeting, when asked whether he thought there were racial disparities in how laws are enforced, Trump said he had “no opinion.” As time was running out, I wanted to press him a little more on if he plans to run on and/or govern on a message of racial inclusion. (snip to relevant portion)

As the meeting ended and we were walking out of the room, I thanked Trump for taking my question. He turned to me and said, “I really hope I answered your question,” and added casually with a smile, “Beautiful.” I was stunned. I didn’t say thank you, and I don’t think I smiled. He then walked out to meet with my Post colleagues briefly before heading to the elevator. I stayed in the conference room for a few minutes as it sunk in that the potential GOP nominee for president thought it was okay to comment on my appearance. Did he just say that?

Oh noes! Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! Seriously, stunned? Sitting in a room for a few minutes? Does someone need some coloring books?

Planning out how to question Trump in a way that was illuminating was like planning for asymmetrical warfare against an opponent who doesn’t follow the same rules as you do. Who doesn’t believe in rules. Who thinks that rules won’t help make America great again. In Trump’s world, commenting on a woman’s appearance in a professional setting is fair game, as is predicting riots if he doesn’t get the nomination, threatening the speaker of the House, vowing to “open up” libel laws to go after “unfair” media, and helping to stoke the flames of violence at his rallies.

Perhaps someone should accept a compliment for what it is, and move on with their life.

Perhaps he thought that calling me beautiful would make me ignore the fact that he brazenly lied about his polling numbers among Hispanic voters. Or make me believe that he wasn’t really a racist. Who knows? At least now I know, firsthand, that the sexism that Trump puts on display against Megyn Kelly under the lights of national TV is not that much different from how he is in real life toward female journalists.


It’s now sexist and stuff to offer a compliment? Good grief, only in Liberal World does a person have a meltdown over a compliment! As Jeff Dunetz wrote at The Lid “if thats what Karen Attiah calls being hit on, she really needs to switch to decaf.”

Of course, that begs the question, was Donald Trump even talking about Ms. Attiah? It sure doesn’t appear, as she writes the encounter, that he was hitting on her. He could have been talking about the overall interview. Perhaps he had a good time. He could have been talking about something he saw out the window, or a photo on the wall. What’s the full context?

Even if he was calling her beautiful, is that a reason to go into full Special Snowflake meltdown? Can certain people, meaning leftists/feminists, no longer take a compliment?

That may be a bit over the top, much like the post[5] I snagged it from, but it does highlight the problem when dealing with Leftists. Like pitching a fit and writing a piece in one of the nation’s premier newspapers to highlight your Outrage and being Offended.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove[6]. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach[7].

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