"Don't Even Begin to Twist My Words, Wolf": Cynthia McKinney in The Situation Room
Yesterday afternoon, our most favorite congresswoman ever, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." This was shortly after Blitzer reported that federal prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges against McKinney stemming out of her recent scuffle with Capitol Police.
Here are some highlights:
BLITZER: Well, here is what some of your critics are saying, and I know you know this. And we'll put a picture up, a recent photo that is in the Capitol Hill book.
This was a picture of you now. This is what you look like now. Obviously, you have a new hairstyle, as opposed to your old hairstyle. And what they're saying is, when you changed your hairstyle, they didn't recognize you, they politely asked you to stop and you resisted several attempts by one of the Capitol Hill Police officers to stop and to identify yourself. And as a result, there was this altercation in which they say you allegedly hit the police officer.
MCKINNEY: Wolf, the only thing I can say about the juxtaposition of those two pictures is that in one of them I happen to have a little more makeup on about the way I am here on CNN today. But the bottom line is that my face hasn't changed, and I haven't changed.
I've looked like this for the entire 11 years that I have been in Congress. And so, I don't understand exactly why it is that certain police officers have a problem remembering my face....
Amen! It is somewhat ridiculous that the Capitol Police officers can't recognize a representative, after seeing her day after day for over a decade -- regardless of how she styles her hair. It reminds us of that elderly door monitor at the university library who insisted on scrutinizing our I.D. card at length, every single time we entered, even after seeing us several times a day for the better part of three years.
More insanity after the jump.
BLITZER: ... you were talking earlier about racial profiling, and that there was racism involved in stopping you for questioning because you weren't wearing your congressional pin.
MCKINNEY: Now, Wolf, you know I didn't say that, so, don't twist my words.
BLITZER: Well, tell us what you said.
MCKINNEY: Don't even begin to twist my words.
Did you get that, Wolf? Sure, McKinney may have been appearing by videoconference yesterday; but she knows where the CNN studios are located. And if you twist her words, she will hunt you down -- and smack you upside the head with her Blackberry.
Later on in the interview came this hard-hitting exchange:
BLITZER: When did you -- when did you change your hairstyle?
MCKINNEY: In January of this year. But don't you think it's really frivolous? And, really, I -- I can't even describe -- if the security of the House of Representatives of the United States is based on how members of Congress wear their hair, Wolf, I think this is really ridiculous.
Well-put, Representative McKinney! Here at Wonkette, we're fascinated with hair; but we don't think that congressional security should turn on how the members style their luscious locks (or toupees, as the case may be).
MCKINNEY: And that is -- probably explains this entire situation of how ridiculous it is that we're sitting here now, talking about my new hairdo. And let me just also add, I heard Judge Mablean Ephriam of "Divorce Court" on the Tom Joyner radio show this morning. And guess what? Judge Mablean had an issue -- or Fox News -- Fox had an issue with, guess what, Judge Mablean's hair. Now, what is this, that, for a black woman, her hair becomes an issue in the workplace?
BLITZER: Only because -- only because this Capitol Hill officer and his colleagues, apparently, are saying, they didn't recognize you; you didn't stop; they asked you to stop.
MCKINNEY: My hair is not an issue. And it shouldn't be an issue. And the policy is not based on the hair. The policy is based on facial recognition. And my face hasn't changed.
BLITZER: Your face is the same, but the hairdo is different.
MCKINNEY: Thank you, Wolf, for saying that my face is the same.
Another fair point: her face remains the same (apparently McKinney's number one talking point for the interview, judging by how often she repeated it).
It's certainly true a face can look quite different depending on how it is framed by hair. But the Capitol Police should be able to notice these things. After all, it's their job!
Cynthia McKinney: YOU RULE. Keep on fighting for us! And please slug a few more police officers, so we'll have something to blog about after the well of Katherine Harris photos runs dry.
The Situation Room [CNN]