Congressman Hank Johnson, representing (but I hope not representative of) Georgia’s Fourth District, got in scalding water the other day for describing those who support Michigan’s new right to work law as “midgets” (in contrast to the “giants” who oppose it). As reported by Politico:
“I was thinking to myself earlier today, what happens when you put in a cage fight a giant with a midget?” Johnson said then. “Well, the midget will not win the fight. I’m going to tell you that. Why? He just doesn’t carry enough weight to do so. But if you put 30 midgets in with that giant, then the midgets have a chance.”
When informed that many regard the term “midget” as derogatory, he quickly apologized, calling them “abnormally small people” in his apology after first repeating “midget” again:
“I had never heard of the m word … it’s a word also that describes a group of people and it, at one time, has been commonly used as a descriptive term,” Johnson said Thursday afternoon. “But to my discovery, just within the last 12 hours or so, I have found that the use of the ‘midget’ — oh, excuse me, the use of the m word — is no longer socially acceptable.”
He likened his use of the “m word” to the once-common use of the “n word,” which Johnson noted used to be “socially acceptable” but is no longer.
Johnson then explained that the “m word” referred to a medical condition called dwarfism, though he expressed his preference for the term “abnormally small people” rather than dwarfism.
Talk about a mental
midget m-word dwarf abnormally dumb Democrat!