Hoo-boy, it looks like someone didn’t tell Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York turned Trump backer, about The Beygency.
Earlier this week, Betsy quoted lyrics from Beyoncé’s “Formation” in an attempt to deflect from Donald Trump’s recent hot mic fiasco. She tried to say that Hillary Clinton “idolized” and “imitated” Beyoncé—and that that somehow made Clinton hypocritical in condemning Trump’s lewd boasts of sexual assault.
Listen, Betsy, Hillary can cherish Bey all she wants, because she’s a #flawless national jewel. In addition to loving B’s lyrics, Hill’s had a long history with hot sauce and carried it in her bag way before it was cool—even going as far as to bring her 100-bottle collection all the way to the White House in 1993.
Perhaps, Betsy, you forgot what happened to Mike Huckabee after he took aim at Queen B in early 2015 in God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, his no-holds-barred hot take on class, race, politics, religion, gender and celebrity in America. The former Arkansas governor (now Fox News commentator) dedicated a surprising number of pages in his book to Beyoncé and her 2014 Grammy performance of “Drunk in Love” with Jay-Z. Apparently he wasn’t impressed. Less than a year later, he dropped out of Republican primaries—and hasn’t really been heard of since.
So, Betsy, just stop. Don’t try to twist Beyoncé lyrics to show she’s a bad role model. She’s actually an amazingly good one—for politicians and us plebs alike.
In fact, when we were researching all the Republicans who have wronged her, we stumbled upon a long-forgotten gem from 2014: this Beyoncé Voters tumblr.
It hasn’t been updated in more than year, but its pairing of Beyoncé’s lyrics with images of prominent female political figures is just as relevant today.
You may recall that this microblog was set up in response to comments from Fox News commentator Jesse Watters (that guy who recently created that racist segment on his Watters’ World episode featuring New York City’s Chinatown) who had taken aim at Bey in 2014. Watters coined a special term for the single ladies that make up a quarter of the U.S. electorate and, in his opinion, “depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands.” He called these women “Beyoncé voters,” like it was some sort of dig.
So Betsy, like Mike and Jesse before you—and on behalf of Beyoncé fans like Hillary Clinton and me—here’s a round-up of some empowering lyrics from the Queen alongside some of the most badass babes of Washington, D.C.
Take note: Women can sing about sex and Red Lobster and still make powerful feminist statements—but there’s no amount of spin that can make right what Donald said.
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