There was another disturbing confirmation yesterday that the era of Donald Trump and his ilk continues to drive political discourse — even discourse involving elected officials in less controversial positions — into the gutter. The latest depressing example: new North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. Causey has been a perpetual candidate for various state offices for years and last November, finally won a surprising upset victory over veteran incumbent Wayne Goodwin.
Unfortunately, it appears that the responsibility of serving in statewide elected office hasn’t had much of an impact on Causey and/or isn’t taking a whole lot of his time and attention. This is from a story from last night on WRAL.com:
“New North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey apologized Monday for sharing a meme on social media this weekend mocking women who took part in the women’s march in Washington, D.C.
Millions of people marched in cities nationwide and around the globe Saturday following the inauguration of President Donald Trump to voice support for issues such as immigrant rights, women’s rights, health care and the environment – issues they fear are in jeopardy under Trump’s administration.
Causey shared a photo on his Facebook page Sunday from someone in Jacksonville, Fla., that showed a street clogged with marchers with the following text overlaying the photo: “In one day, Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.” He also linked to the post on one of his Twitter accounts….
‘I want to apologize for the insensitive social media post that was shared on Facebook. This represented a momentary lapse in judgment on my part for which I am truly sorry,” Causey said in a statement Monday. “This does not reflect my feelings toward women, and in the future, we will manage social media in a more responsible manner.'”
The post hadn’t been removed as of Monday evening.”
To which, all a body can say is: the apology is great, but what in the heck was this man thinking?! It’s hard to know what’s more outrageous: the fact that Causey harbors such inane and hateful views or that he’s so oblivious to his job as a public servant that it didn’t occur to him to muzzle himself.
Either way, it’s a sad commentary and yet another remarkable embarrassment for the state. It’s hard to figure how such a person can ever be taken seriously going forward, but of course, in that regard, he has lots of company amongst modern conservative politicians.