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Insurance commissioner apologizes for 'fat women' Facebook post

Posted January 23

— New North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey apologized Monday for sharing a meme on social media this weekend mocking women who took part in the women's march in Washington, D.C.

Millions of people marched in cities nationwide and around the globe Saturday following the inauguration of President Donald Trump to voice support for issues such as immigrant rights, women's rights, health care and the environment – issues they fear are in jeopardy under Trump's administration.

Causey shared a photo on his Facebook page Sunday from someone in Jacksonville, Fla., that showed a street clogged with marchers with the following text overlaying the photo: "In one day, Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years." He also linked to the post on one of his Twitter accounts.

The Facebook post elicited both support and criticism.

"Was it necessary to call people fat?" Tristan Pan asked.

"Body shaming does not shine a good light on you," Carol Newsome said.

"Obesity is a real problem. Thanks Causey," Sabrina Henne wrote.

"I want to apologize for the insensitive social media post that was shared on Facebook. This represented a momentary lapse in judgment on my part for which I am truly sorry," Causey said in a statement Monday. "This does not reflect my feelings toward women, and in the future, we will manage social media in a more responsible manner."

The post hadn't been removed as of Monday evening.

Causey, who is a Republican, was elected to his first statewide office in November, when he defeated the Democratic incumbent Wayne Goodwin.

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  • John Jones Jan 25, 3:56 p.m.
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    Democratic politicians can call Trump's presidency illegitimate and boycott the inauguration and it's okay?

  • Michael Bawden Jan 24, 5:35 p.m.
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    I guess you never heard "basket of deplorables". Liberals can hurl 'em but run to their "safeplace" and cry when hurled back.

  • Dave Elliott Jan 24, 4:44 p.m.
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    You can't compare civilian protestors with elected officials. Madonna, for example, isn't runing for office, and if she was, I would not vote for her. In fact, most Democrats were annoyed by what she said. The issue is that your Republican elected officials are nasty and hateful, and the Republican voters love hearing them say hateful and terrible things. There is no double standard because the Democrats aren't like that.

  • Michael Bawden Jan 24, 4:00 p.m.
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    Liberal whining about common decency?
    You obviously did not listen to the speeches on Saturday and read signs. These comments were not a result of a "hot mike".
    Apparently there is a REAL double standard regarding decency for Republicans vs Liberals.

  • Dolly Butler Jan 24, 3:13 p.m.
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    Did you vote for this man?

  • Linda Cornetti Jan 24, 2:51 p.m.
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    The Supreme Leader has given his blanket approval for any elected official on any level to be as insulting and ugly as they like. Demean women. Mock people with disabilities. Lie like a rug but call it alternative fact. This man, whose office literally impacts a great majority of us through its administration of all things insurance, blames a lapse on taking the time and effort to shame 51% of his constituency. No lapse required, now that it's OK to call names, body shame, point out flaws, grab parts, crow about sizes of things, and generally behave like a privileged adolescent who knows bad behavior has no consequences. Brilliant example for all our and grandsons.

  • K Hope Capps Jan 24, 1:33 p.m.
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    How many apologies do you think we'll be reading in the next 4 years. Apologies do nothing. Fix the behavior.

  • Raleigh Rose Jan 24, 1:27 p.m.
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    Mr. Causey is free to say whatever he wants. He is not free from the consequences of that free speech. He felt he could insult many of the people he works for and who pay his salary. He needs to understand that, while he certainly has the right to free speech, as do we all, none of us are free from the consequences of that free speech. If I went on FB and called my boss fat or not smart, I would expect to be fired or at least reprimanded. Young girls have enough issues with body image, our leaders in state government should know better than to add fuel to that fire. But this is typical of the Trump mentality and all his talk about women for their looks rather than their intelligence. It's pretty clear that intelligent, outspoken and independent women make men like Mr. Causey nervous and uncomfortable so that they have to resort to talking about appearance.

  • Sheila Moore Jan 24, 1:10 p.m.
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    "This does not reflect my feelings toward women,? Of course it does. Clearly. He saw images of the protests, and this was the comment he decided to post proudly for the world to see. His choice. Now he needs to live with it.

  • Karen Orndorff Jan 24, 12:57 p.m.
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    Everyone shares stuff they shouldn't every once in awhile.

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