N.D. rep: Women who wore white have a ‘disease’

North Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives says the women who wore white at President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress have a disease.

Rep. Kevin Kramer made the comments during a telephone town hall, Politico reports.

“But by the way, did you notice how poorly several of them were dressed as well?” he asked while speaking about areas where bipartisan cooperation might be possible. “It is a syndrome. There is no question, there is a disease associated with the notion that a bunch of women would wear bad-looking white pantsuits in solidarity with Hillary Clinton to celebrate her loss. You cannot get that weird.”

The female members of Congress sat they wore white as a silent protest against the president and support for women’s rights.

“To put it on display like that at a joint session of Congress is undignified to say the least,” Cramer said, according to the Fargo Forum. “It violates the common decency of the chamber.”

Cramer reportedly is weighing a run for Senate against Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, who, like Minnesota’s female delegates — Amy Klobuchar and Betty McCollum — chose not to wear white to the event.

Cramer told the Forum the display would not go over well with North Dakotans.

“As I tell people, I come from normalville,” he said.

  • Jerry

    Sounds like a classy guy

  • Mike Worcester

    //“It violates the common decency of the chamber.”

    I’d be curious to know if Rep. Cramer would have said the same when Rep. Joseph Wilson screamed at President Obama during a state of the union address. They wore white. That’s it.

  • Rob

    “Diseases” and “syndromes.” If these have visible manifestations, Cramer must get a rude surprise whenever he looks in a mirror.

  • jon

    Well he is a white male and a career politician, no one knows more about women’s health care than those guys.

    Honestly I don’t see why we don’t just give the same training that politicians get to Doctors and call it an obama care replacement… Health care is so easy it’s crazy that it’s taking them so long to figure out how to give doctors these same incredible insights they have into the issues.

  • AmiSchwab

    trump is winning. these relicts of the 50’s are popping up all
    over the place. i mean this is unbelievable even for a nodak.

  • kevins

    Sadly, I live across the Red River from this suit. Two of my adult children live in Fargo and have to put up with him and many, many more like minded Pols in ND. He has great support in the state, but as my wife informs me, lots of women took him apart on his Facebook page…well deserved.

  • Al

    That’s funny. My relatives in Normalville, ND thought the white suits were pretty classy.

  • Al

    I like the solidarity, though in Klobuchar’s and McCollum’s defense, I don’t gotta see white suits to know they’re advocating on my behalf.

  • MrE85

    Because he’s the REAL victim here.
    I can assure you, there is no Normalville in the Peace Garden State.

    This is all part of the “You lost, get over it” message a certain group of our fellow citizens are pushing, hard. They seek to dismiss and discredit those who oppose the administration’s policies, either in town halls, the streets or in a joint session of Congress. It’s not really gaining much traction, and neither is support for the policies.

  • Leroy

    And here I though the brouhaha over the lack of American flag lapel pins was the silliest thing I would ever hear as commentary on how our elected representatives choose to dress.

    Apparently 2017 is full of new lows.

  • Will

    Funny, I thought it was much more offensive that some Democrats didn’t stand to honor a fallen soldier and his spouse than what they were wearing.

    Update: They did stand for the first ovation but it was questionable on the second one (after Trump invoked Owens’s legacy).

    • Interesting that you would cite that as fact.

      Especially since it’s been proven false.

      Readers bring bias to the stories they read, and do not hold themselves accountable for their role in spreading false news.


      BTW, anyone who watched the Trump speech would have known instantly that the picture of Ellison and Wasserman Schultz sitting was NOT anywhere near the point where Trump had recognized the widow.


    • kevins

      So not cool Will! As if Dems don’t honor fallen soldiers. It was GW Bush that disallowed filming of American bodies being returned to the States for burial during OIF. You are clearly too young, but in the Vietnam era, the news started with body counts and images of the coffins and bags. The rep. from ND does not know of what he speaks, like many that never served. He like you, was only trying to be snide for cheap political points.

      • I’ll never forget every Thursday morning when I was a kid. I watched the Today show religiously (it was about actual news back then). Frank Blair — Emerson grad — would list the results of killed in action, missing, wounded and they would be grouped by U.S., ARVN, Viet Cong, and North Vietnamese regulars. It was obscene and displayed like a scoreboard.

        Every Thursday for years, until there were more than 50,000 Americans dead.

        Kids today — yeah, I know, but you deserve this one — have absolutely no sense of what war is. And back then, you could be pulled off the street to go fight one.

        Nope, no sense at all what it is.

        • kevins

          And to make things worse, as of about 10 years ago, there were more suicides among Vietnam era vets that combat related deaths. War lives matter.

        • tboom (draft #102)

          You used the word obscene, for nearly 50 years I’ve used the word nauseating. In my local television market ABC’s evening news was offset by a half-hour, so every evening I’d watch an hour of national news. That scoreboard of death was both nauseating and obscene.

          If the draft were in use today I doubt these poorly thought-out conflicts in the Middle East would rise to the level of war. If both rich and poor had their life, or the life of a loved one, on the line there would be far less support for US military intervention. Unfortunately today the burden of bad policy mostly falls on economically disadvantaged young people, for whom the military is “a way out”.

          • Jack

            That would be assuming that the draft ran fairly and there were no ways to get out of it like there was during Vietnam. Deferments anyone?

            Best college class I ever took was “History of the Vietnam Conflict” – thanks Steve Potts for teaching it. Really made me think about what I would have done had I been of age at the time. Would I have married by best friend in college and tried to start a family to try to keep him out of the war?

            Watched “The Bridges at Toko Ri” the other night and it really got me thinking about the senselessness of war. It hits home that much more having a son of prime draft age.

          • tboom

            >> … assuming the draft ran fairly …<<

            Of course that's the key. But even a "sort of fair" draft would prompt a conversation of about the merits (if any) of war.

            I can't help but think about the neoconservatives in the W administration, most of whom evaded the draft in some form, leading us into wars with only token opposition. I'm not sure how a real debate would have developed in the wake of 9-11, but I sure would have liked to have one where everyone had a stake in the decision.

  • Dan

    I’m glad someone out there is raising awareness for Album Vestimenta.

  • MrE85

    “Rep. Kevin Cramer is the latest target because he chose to comment on the clothes worn by some of the women during the State of the Union address. The faux outrage exhibited over these comments provides yet another example of the real world. The left, instead of focusing on issues impacting the lives of citizens, chooses to try to control speech and to claim sole domain as the judge and jury of what should or shouldn’t be said.”

    So says Jay Lowrey of Fargo, writing in the Forum letters to the editor.

    Control speech?

    • What’s the use of even HAVING a word like “muttonhead” if we can’t use it?

      • Robert Moffitt

        Heh. My dad used that one a lot.

        • It’s a great word. For the record, I have used it four times in NewsCut posts.

      • tboom

        Muttonhead is a great word, my Uncle used it a lot. Along the same line of thinking, he used a phrase (or maybe as saying), “use your head for more than a hat rack”. Not as frontal but I loved it (more so when directed at my cousins than at me).

        I believe that this would be an appropriate time to say to Rep. Cramer; “Sir, use your head for more than a hat rack”.

      • Bob Sinclair

        Shades of the Three Stooges!

    • RBHolb

      Don’t you know that the First Amendment means conservatives have the right to say whatever they please without anyone criticizing them, or holding them accountable for it? That any attempts at unfavorable response to conservative speech are intolerance, censorship, or (if said speech happened more than 45 minutes ago) obsessing over the past?

      • Robert Moffitt

        I mean, what is it with “you people?” 😉