In a speech at the meeting of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), Ted Cruz referred to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki as “Peppermint Patty.”
But I wonder–is someone calling Psaki “Peppermint Patty” really an insult? Why does Cruz think it is an insult? Like Psaki (see the video above), I know many people, including myself, who loved Peppermint Patty. My only guess is that Peppermint Patty has a deep voice, an abrupt style, and comes across as a “tomboy.” Perhaps Peppermint Patty is not feminine enough for Cruz and his Christian Right supporters. Perhaps he is implying that she is gay or in a relationship with Marcie (comedian Chris Rock suggested this). I can’t think of any other reason why comparing someone to Peppermint Patty would be a laugh-line at CPAC. Whatever the case, Cruz, who claims to be an evangelical Christian, continues to play the politics of demonizing and degrading his enemies.