Pelosi Slams Ryan for Not Taking Action… But She Had the Power to for 4 Years

Pelosi Slams Ryan for Not Taking Action But She Had the Power to for 4 Years

In a tweet this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi paid a backhanded compliment to House Speaker Paul Ryan for updating the dress code in the House of Representatives, saying that it was in “desperate need of updates.”

The implication, of course, was that Ryan had let arcane, sexist rules fester for too long. Funny thing, though — for the four years that Pelosi was speaker, she did nothing about the same rules.

The Washington Times reported on the full context of the case on Friday: “A few days ago, a female reporter was booted from the Speakers’ Lobby because she was wearing a sleeveless dress, in violation of House dress codes requiring ‘appropriate business attire,’” the Times noted.

“The code doesn’t go into detail about what that means, but it’s generally been taken to mean no bare arms, no open-toe shoes — your basic Miss Manners business etiquette and dress advice.”

The media response was swift, with headlines ranging from “Congress’s ‘No Sleeveless’ Dress Code Is Another Arbitrary Barrier for Women” (Fortune) to “Congress’s Dress Code Is Sexist and Just Plain F***** Up” (the ever-erudite Esquire).

Ryan has announced that there will be an update in dress codes, which had Nancy Pelosi pleased. In a tweet, she offered her snide compliment to the Wisconsin Republican.

“Glad to see (Speaker Ryan)is updating the dress code for the House Floor,” she tweeted. “These unwritten rules are in desperate need of updates.

Conservative blogger Brian Cates put it perfectly:

“Indeed they are. Of course, a woman speaker would’ve changed…. [stops for a moment, reflects on how embarrassing this is],” Cates tweeted. “Uh, never mind.”

The House dress code rules were no less antiquated back between the years of 2007 and 2011, when Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats controlled the House floor. It’s not as if that was somewhere in the midst of the suffragette movement or during a lacuna in women’s rights where Uber’s former CEO was put in charge of all dress codes.

The liberal Democrat from San Franciso could have done whatever she wanted with the House dress code, and nobody in the United States would have batted an eye.

She didn’t, and now she seems to conveniently “forget” a major part of her own career.

We don’t buy it, and you shouldn’t either.

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