Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee embarrassed herself, her party, and, frankly, her race this week when she got busted accepting (likely…demanding) special treatment from United Airlines.
The Democrat representative from Texas found herself in the middle of an elitist controversy when a passenger aboard a flight from Houston to Washington, D.C. was dismayed to see that the airline had given her first class ticket away. Jean-Marie Simon had booked a flight on the December 18 shuttle but was told upon boarding the plane that her name was not in the system. Simon assured the agent that was impossible, seeing as how she had the ticket in her hand, but the agent said her reservation had been changed to Economy Plus.
Later, she remembered that she’d seen a United Airlines employee come along and chauffer Jackson Lee out of the line and into the airplane while everyone else waited like the peasants they were. And surprise, surprise, who did she find in her first class seat? None other than the congresswoman herself, sitting fine and pretty with a hot towel in her lap and a Cheshire grin on her face. Simon complained to a flight attendant about the situation, pointedly theorizing that the airline had given her seat away to the D.C. Democrat.
When word of this incident hit the press, United Airlines spokespeople insisted that Simon had canceled her flight when news of weather delays had threatened to ground the plane, but Simon denies that she ever did any such thing. Interestingly enough, United has failed to provide any evidence to the media that Simon’s ticket showed up as canceled in their system. To make the whole thing go away, they’ve credited Simon with a $500 voucher.
But that’s not enough to salvage Jackson Lee’s reputation, so what does the Democrat do? Why, what else would you EXPECT a black Democrat female to do?
“Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice,” Jackson Lee wrote on Twitter. “This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people.
“But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry,” she continued. “But as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation.”
Examples of Washington politicians acting like entitled, spoiled brats and then blaming racism for their own bad behavior? Yeah, too many indeed.