[CBC Chairman Rep. Cedric L. Richmond D-LA], who was one of the headliners at Wednesday’s Washington Press Club Foundation’s annual awards dinner, on Thursday clarified what he meant in an apparently off-script joke about White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who was photographed kneeling on a sofa in the Oval Office this week.As said earlier in the article: "one of the rules of comedy: leave the ad-libbing to the professionals."
Earlier in the program, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) had joked that “a whole lot worse” had happened on that sofa in the 1990s, an apparent reference to former president Bill Clinton, who carried on an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Richmond, who followed the South Carolina Republican, picked up the thread in his comedy routine. Here’s the full “joke”: “Tim, you kind of opened the door,” he said. “I really just want to know what was going on there, because, you know, I won’t tell anybody. And you can just explain to me that circumstance — because she really looked kind of familiar in that position there. Don’t answer — and I don’t want you to refer back to the 1990s.”
Not much reaction from the crowd, since the bit was convoluted, leaving some people confused. But it seemed to some in the audience that he was making a reference to a sexual act.
It seems the other side really can't let go of that photo of Ms. Conway with her knees on that couch in the Oval Office.