Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, on the wage gap. This was in the same debate where she insinuated African-Americans were lazy. She apologized for both remarks later, but blamed others for taking the comments out of context:
“We live in a sound bite society and our media likes to take only a portion of a dialog and use just a slice of it…Without a doubt, what I said was poorly stated and did not convey the meaning I wanted to get across for this I am truly sorry and humbly apologize.”
Apparently, the context is supposed to be that all races and genders can be lazy, and she can’t be racist because she and her husband do ministry work in the inner-city:
“I never intended to convey anything more than all races include people who can be lazy at times… Certainly laziness is not the reason for this but it can be a contributing factor just as it can be for any other race. In a very inadequate and poorly worded way I was meaning to say that government should not give perference [sic] based only upon race or gender. I deeply regret the anquish [sic] and insult I have caused to all Africian [sic] Americans and sincerely apologize and ask for your forgiveness. My husband and I serve in an inner city church ministering to people of every race because we love all people.”
Just shut up. Seriously.