Where was the pussy-hat brigade when Sen. Chuck Schumer denigrated a female flight attendant, calling her a “bitch”?
Back in 2009, the New York Senator apologized was ordered to follow the rules and turn off his cellphone before takeoff — and that’s when he dropped the b-word.
New York Post reports:
Schumer’s political protégé, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, provided him with public cover after the incident was publicized.
His outburst was overheard aboard a US Airways flight from LaGuardia Airport to Washington on Sunday.
Schumer and his seatmate, Gillibrand, were chatting on their cellphones when the plane’s captain told passengers to turn them off.
But the two Democratic senators ignored the order and kept talking — prompting a flight attendant to ask them to follow Federal Aviation Administration rules, according to a House Republican aide who was seated nearby.
Schumer asked if he could finish his call. The attendant said “no” because the plane was waiting for him to finish so it could take off. The state’s senior senator ended his call, but then launched into an argument with her, claiming he was entitled to continue his chat until the cabin door was closed.
“She said she doesn’t make the rules, she just followed them,” the aide said, according to Politco.com.
“Bitch!” Schumer remarked to Gillibrand after the attendant walked away.
Gillibrand’s office initially gave Schumer cover, telling Politico.com that the senior senator was “polite” and that “he turned off his phone when asked to.”
After the flare-up was reported, Schumer said he was sorry.
“The senator made an off-the-cuff comment under his breath after the flight attendant walked away. He shouldn’t have made it, he regrets it and he has apologized for it,” Schumer spokesman Brian Fallon said.
“He’s not nice,” said a flight attendant who has served the senator before.
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