Well, that didn’t take long. Almost as soon as he announced his campaign for president, Beto O’Rourke stumbled across a progressive tripwire when he joked that his wife was raising their three kids “sometimes with my help.”

This came after earlier criticism of his video announcement of his candidacy, which featured three minutes of O’Rourke talking about his vision while his wife sat silently next to him, smiling. One critic claimed Amy O’Rourke’s silence was “just another illustration of how women are often overlooked.” The New York Times dutifully printed the criticisms of such experts on gender relations as Audrey Gelman, co-founder of the no-men-allowed, co-working space for one-percenters, The Wing. Gelman tweeted: “I am so sick of wives being forced to silently gaze!!! Why even include her? ?? when I run for president my husband will be in the background feeding our cats.”


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