Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary on Friday, but not before taking a parting shot at front-runner, Hillary Clinton.
Speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Chafee compared 2015’s political landscape to Aristophanes’ play “Lysistrata,” in which a group of women withhold sex from their husbands for political gain, “and it worked!”
Chafee: Noting DNC women's leadership, "it reminds me of one of my favorite Greek plays; Lysistrata," a comedy by Aristophanes.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) October 23, 2015
Chafee quits race, IMMEDIATELY pivots to Greek drama about wives withholding sex. (Not kidding.) https://t.co/1pDyqKuXfR
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) October 23, 2015
I should have guessed Chafee would reference an ancient Greek play about women withholding sex in his exit speech. pic.twitter.com/Zz8NoosDc5
— Ted Nesi (@TedNesi) October 23, 2015
Chafee might have intended the reference to be a compliment, but he certainly picked an interesting venue to deliver it in.