Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) received an embarrassing reminder from a colleague on Fox News’ show “Outnumbered” Monday.
Chaffetz, who became an expert on the conservative network after leaving Congress in 2017, joined the panel Criticism of a Politico article on the potential impact Casey DeSantis, wife of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), could have on DeSantis’ potential 2024 presidential campaign, which he is expected to launch soon.
Chaffetz said politicians’ families should be taboo, claiming only conservatives face such attacks.
“Do they ever do that to the Democrats?” he asked before answering his own question: “Oh no, no, no, no.”
Co-author Marie Harf disagreed.
The Obama administration graduate recalled conservative attacks on then First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Yes, they did,” clarified Harf, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
“They don’t,” Chaffetz retorted.
“Michelle Obama?” Harf replied. “You do? I’m sorry, did we all sleep through the eight years or so of Obama when conservative media said the most horrific, racist and sexist things about Michelle Obama?”
“I don’t think any of that should be said,” she continued. “I think that women in politics, especially spouses, are subject to a sexist standard. It is unfair. It’s not a fair game for either side.”
“Obama was exposed to terrible things about her,” Harf added.