Fox News anchor Chris Wallace brought the hammer down on Republicans and his own network on Sunday for throwing a temper tantrum over incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden having a professional title.
The conservative freak-out over Dr. Biden’s honorific began with a misogynistic Wall Street Journal op-ed demanding she drop her title because she’s not a medical doctor.
Outrage over the sexist diatribe ensued and even Fox News hosts and pundits got into the act by defending the author and attacking Dr. Biden.
However, Wallace pointed out that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Henry Kissinger were also not medical doctors, yet Republicans revere Kissinger and constantly try to co-opt King as one of their own even though King wouldn’t agree with what Republicans believe in today.
“There has been some criticism recently from conservatives, including some conservatives on Fox News about the fact that First Lady-to-be Jill Biden goes by the title doctor,” Wallace told Biden advisor Jen Psaki. “I wonder what is the Biden’s reaction to that, especially given the fact that so many people over the years — I think of Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King — have gone by the title doctor, even though they’re not medical doctors and nobody seems to have made a fuss about that.”
Indeed, only now are Republicans all of a sudden in a tizzy about Dr. Jill Biden’s professional title, making it pretty clear that their gripes have everything to do with the fact that Biden is a professional woman in the workforce instead of a typical 1950s housewife that they want all women to be.
Psaki noted that it’s a really petty and ridiculous thing to be angry about when over 300,000 Americans have died during a pandemic that Republicans refuse to take seriously.
“With thousands of people dying every day of COVID, millions out of work, that anyone would wake up in the morning and decide that the focus they need to have, the way they can contribute to society that day is to question whether or not Dr. Jill Biden — someone who is still teaching, who has a Ph.D in education — should be called doctor or not,” Psaki said. “Of course, she should. As anyone who works through that challenging process of getting a Ph.D. It’s a really silly, sexist and absurd conversation that’s happening a bit in society.”
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It should also be pointed out that former Secretary of State Dr. George Shultz earned a doctorate in economics and served during the Reagan administration. Dr. Robert Gates is also a Republican who earned a doctorate in Russian and Soviet history and served under both Bush administrations. Dr. Condoleezza Rice earned a doctorate in political science and served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush. There are literally many Republicans and Democrats, both active and former government officials of both genders, who hold doctorates. Dr. Jill Biden is no different except she will be the first First Lady to hold one. She should be treated with the same respect.
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