Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond made a joke Wednesday about Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway looking “familiar” with being on her knees.
The comment was in reference to a now infamous photo of Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch in order to take a photo of President Trump with presidents of historically black colleges.
The Democrat said the joke during the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner.
“You even mentioned Kellyanne and that picture on that sofa,” Rep. Richmond said during his speech to Republican Sen. Tim Scott who was at the event. “I really want to know what was going on there because she really looked kind of familiar in that position there, but don’t answer.”
Rep. Richmond told The Daily Caller in a statement, “Since some people have interpreted my joke to mean something that it didn’t I think it is important to clarify what I meant. Last night was night of levity. Where I grew up saying that someone is looking or acting ‘familiar’ simply means that they are behaving too comfortably.”
“I decided to use that joke due to the large social media backlash over her inappropriate posture considering there were more than 60 HBCU Presidents in the room,” the Louisiana Democrat added.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel tweeted, “Don’t ‘clarify,’ [Rep.Richmond] – apologize. I’d suggest using Women’s History Month to lift us up instead of knocking us down.”