If you’ve never heard the name Claire McCaskill, prepare for that to change.
McCaskill is a Democratic senator from Missouri and the star of a video that’s quickly going viral. After all, it’s not often that you watch a female senator sit down in front of a TV camera and tell the men of the U.S. Senate to “shut the hell up”… at least some of the time.
Yes. It’s glorious, but don’t take our word for it. Watch:
The clip aired during The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday evening, and it has quickly taken over YouTube, where comments have — not surprisingly — been drastically different. It’s getting a big thumbs-up from a lot of women (and more progressive men), while the folks who skipped right over the satire (not to mention the part where McCaskill said men are welcome to speak… just not all the time) are attacking her with the sort of sexist tropes for which the Interwebs are known and reviled.
Here’s a taste of just the sort of men McCaskill could have been referring to — via the YouTube comments:
“I see this c*** on my YouTube feed once more and ill unsub.” (Edits on epithet are ours.)
“When men are suppress by womans, men act like shit.” (Grammatical errors are theirs.)
And, of course, the age-old “if we can’t come up with an intelligent reason to disagree, attack a woman’s weight” approach:
“The only issue she should be concerned about is her own weight. All other matters should be left to smarter people.”