Megyn Kelly was a vision of Republican glee last night as she gloated over a report that the White House is not meeting its own objective of paying women and men equally. But then multimillionaire Kelly argued that it's actually risky to help women suffering from a pay gap. At the same time, she argued that there is no gender pay gap.
“It’s about five or six cents,” Kelly said of the pay gap. Even though, as Media Matters noted, a recent report by the American Association of University Women found that “women working full-time in 2012 took home approximately 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man working full-time, a ratio that has remained stagnant for nearly a decade.”
Kelly said that there already are laws in place to protect women “and women have been taking advantage of those for years.” Then, she added:
Here’s what the viewers need to know. This is being put out there right now – despite the fact that there are laws on the books - because they’re trying to create a political wedge issue.
…Is there any risk to the Democrats in doing this? …Of a) losing more credibility when it comes to numbers and b), the risk of infantilizing women by saying if there’s any disparity – and it may be wrong, and it may be illegal – what you need is me, Uncle Sam, to come in and try to rectify it for you. You can’t argue on your own. You can’t sue on your own. You need the feds to come in and rectify it for you.
If Kelly truly believes women have already achieved pay parity, then why would such a law infantilize them?
Even guest Brit Hume didn't buy it, even though he couched his skepticism in the nicest possible terms. He called Kelly's theory “kind of a conservative argument” but wondered how many women who reacted that way “were ever gonna be much exercised by this whole issue.”
Kelly closed by saying, “We normal people do not understand life in the beltway, Brit,” with what I’m sure she thought was a fetching display of regular-gal-ness. Just pay no attention to how Kelly reportedly earns $6 million a year and is worth $15 million. I guess she just knows every time she looks at her bank balance that nobody else could have a pay problem worth troubling her head over.