Politics

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Palm Beach Post Have a Twitter Kerfuffle Regarding Her Outfit

Everyone knows The Plastics wear pink on Wednesdays and, in another uncanny similarity to Mean Girls, everyone knows congresswomen wear red on State of the Union Tuesday.

Apparently there's even a memo about it because Palm Beach Post Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie was quick to tweet to the SOTU-hashtagging masses that Debbie Wasserman Schultz obviously didn't receive the aforementioned memo -- She was wearing a dark blue blazer (gasp!).

And remember it's not so much what the Congresswoman said, but the not-red blazer she was wearing as she said it.

Rick Christie tweeted it first. Even though he would eventually delete the tweet from his feed, the Palm Beach Post considered Christie's tweet to be an incredibly insightful remark that all 31,100 of their followers should know. So they retweeted it where the fossil of Christie's fashion commentary remains.

But then, in true ass-whooping feminist glory, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz herself tweeted back at the Post and Christie to put them in their place. (FYI: according to the Congresswoman's Instagram, she was wearing that blue ribbon in support of families who lost unemployment benefits in December.)

We agree with the Congresswoman! We demand a recount! How many tweets about the color of male member's attire did you tweet about?!

Oh yeah. Sorry for suggesting y'all had binders full of Congresswomen or something. You guys can pat yourself on the back for criticizing politicians' sartorial decisions without bias. Yay journalism!

But then of course Rick Christie retweeted Wasserman Schultz's tweet to prove he wasn't a misogynist (in case there was any doubt after that "no dis" tweet).

...assuming they're wearing red!

So, we understand it's a tough time for journalism, but last we heard Fashion Police airs on E! every Friday night. In the meantime, you can check back here for the news.



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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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