Right-wing Republicans are always saying they don’t want to see Sharia law–law based on the Koran–imposed in the United States, as if that would ever be a valid concern in a nation filled with people who profess to be Christian. It’s a line GOPers use to stir up their base and get them angry. Because for Republicans, the two most basic emotions are fear and anger.
Yet today we learn that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has imposed a new rule which doesn’t allow women to wear sleeveless shirts or dresses unless they want to be immediately removed from what’s known as the speaker’s lobby.
Several female reporters told CBS News that they’ve been turned away from the speaker’s lobby–which is one of the prime places to conduct quick interviews during breaks–when they wore clothes that lacked sleeves.
The new rule, which went into effect in May, was first enforced against Haley Byrd of the Independent Journal Review. Byrd recalled:
“When I was kicked out that day, I was just trying to pass through the area to reach another hallway, but I was told I was violating the rules. They offered to find a sweater for me to put on, so it wasn’t some tyrannical end of free press, but I opted to just go around instead. But recently they’ve been cracking down on the code, like with open-toed shoes. I suspect the rules are being emphasized now that it’s summertime and excruciatingly hot outside and everyone is dressing for the weather.”
Two other female reporters have been subjected to Ryan’s own form of Sharia law, and they posted their encounters on Twitter:
This is real. Fellow female reporters barred from Speaker's lobby for wearing sleeveless dresses while doing their jobs. (It's hot in DC) ? https://t.co/8evY6wQmA8
— K Tully McManus (@ktullymcmanus) July 6, 2017
Can confirm I was warned the next time I would be removed https://t.co/M0BTcFYchO
— Kellie Mejdrich (@kelmej) July 6, 2017
This is ridiculous, and every reporter should refuse to abide by it. What in the hell is next? Why doesn’t Ryan just mandate that all women must wear burkas if they wish to enter the building?
Better yet, why don’t we make sure the Republicans lose control of the House and Senate in 2018 so some sanity can be restored to the halls of Congress.
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