Even after elevating an avowed sexual predator and lifelong criminal to the White House, Republicans still want to pretend that theirs is the party of moral rectitude. They want to lecture the rest of us about right and wrong as they shovel money to the super-rich, dismantle our democratic institutions, and curtail our civil rights. Knowing this, one can’t help but laugh every time some mid-tier Republican musters up faux outrage over a cultural issue and summarily faceplants.
James P. Bradley, a Republican running for Congress in CA-33, tweeted out an attack today on musical superstars Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. The two artists released their video for “WAP” yesterday and it’s already racked up 10 million views. While overtly sexual in nature and perhaps upsetting to those with more conservative sensibilities, the song is an ode to female empowerment and completely harmless. Bradley apparently disagrees.
The would-be Congressman tweeted that Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are “what happens when children are without God and without a strong father figure.” His characterization is not only incredibly judgmental for someone hoping to serve in a party run by a monster like Donald Trump, but it’s also incorrect.
The man is making assumptions about both artists and a quick Google search would reveal that in the case of Megan, she lost her father at a young age and says he was the “best dad in the world.” One can’t help but suspect that Bradley’s targeting of two Black female artists while running in a party powered by racism is less than coincidental.
Bradley went on to specifically single out WAP and hilariously claimed parenthetically that he heard it “accidentally.” How exactly one hears an entire song “accidentally” was left unexplained, but Bradley clearly doesn’t want any of us thinking he intentionally listened to and enjoyed the incredibly catchy song.
He added that hearing it made him want to “pour holy water” in his ears which quite frankly sounds like a ridiculous waste of holy water. Bradly also claimed that he feels “sorry” for girls who look up to Cardi and Megan as role models as if being incredibly successful, wealthy, critical revered, and in control of their own destinies is a bad thing.
Front to back, the tweet was as pathetic as it was hilariously ill-advised.
The asinine tweet quickly went viral, catapulting the relatively obscure candidate to internet stardom as a target of ridicule.
"Accidentally" is doing a lot of work here https://t.co/XdjTpRQcv9
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) August 7, 2020
I hate to accidentally hear a song, that common thing that happens frequently!
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 7, 2020
you “accidentally” hearing that song: pic.twitter.com/plRcMLUtKh
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) August 7, 2020
Cardi was raised by her strong grandmother and has always had the support of her mom and dad but keep going James you're doing great
— Unconditional Surrender Boomer (@barefootboomer) August 7, 2020
The guy you vote for and support grabs pussies for shits and giggles and bangs porn stars when he’s bored. Careful you don’t drown in all that holy water.
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) August 7, 2020
(Which I heard accidentally) pic.twitter.com/Hl9AgkwPNG
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) August 7, 2020
Am not a fan of either of the two. But when men express their sexuality in their music video is normal and cool, but when women do the same they don't have proper home training. Women should not be shamed for expressing their sexuality. So stf
— The petty family (@Idimma08) August 7, 2020
Boomers loved songs full of sexuality back in the day but now it's suddenly not good. Lol.
— Josh Hinton (@joshhinton89) August 7, 2020
Or it’s what happens when women embrace themselves. Imagine worrying about a song in the midst of a pandemic. Do better
— eddie (@boutthesameshi) August 7, 2020
How did you hear the ENTIRE song accidentally?
— Ms. Golding (@GoldingGirl617) August 7, 2020
"which i heard accidentally" pic.twitter.com/m6w7uJSfs7
— 25th Baam | BLM (@LostInAnimation) August 7, 2020
No, this is what happens to children raised without god. pic.twitter.com/kQnDy9lWWC
— Jane Peterson (@Jpete008) August 7, 2020