Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the first woman to be elected to Congress from Tennessee’s 7th District, explained Monday that she officially refers to herself as a congressman — not a congresswoman.
“Doesn’t sound very politically correct, does it?” she said in a video produced by FreedomWorks.
Blackburn said that while she was campaigning, a farmer asked, “Little lady, if you win this thing what are we you going to call you?” to which she replied, “Congressman will be just fine.”
“Then I found out from some English teachers that actually ‘congresswoman’ is grammatically incorrect,” she continued.
“It is one of these politically correct misnomers that have woven their way into our lexicon. And this is why, ‘congressman’ is not a gender specific job. You wouldn’t call a freshman in high school a freshwoman, would ya? And when we have a female governor, we don’t use governess, do we? And when we have a female senator, we don’t us senatress, do we?”
She described female lawmakers using the term “congressman” as a Tennessee tradition, noting that former Tennessee Rep. Irene Baker (R) had used the term as well.
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on August 6, below:
NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."
Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?
Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt
— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020
Protesters march on mayor’s mansion in NYC as criticism grows against Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been highly criticized for his response to the protests against police violence.
The mayor has been criticized by protesters and the press for violence inflicted by the New York Police Department.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted the city's response.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) also criticized the mayor, for not doing his job.
Here are some of the scenes of protesters marching on Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of NYC. Built in 1799, NYPD is trying to protect the building.