Hicks was the first from the president’s close circle to appear before the committee on Wednesday to testify about now-former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation into whether there was obstruction of justice during President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
During the closed-door congressional hearing, the chairman didn’t refrain from calling Hicks “Ms. Lewandowski,” as he referred to her by the name three times — the repeated slips likely came from a rumor of an affair between Hicks and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski during the 2016 campaign.
I would love to hear from the feminists on their opinion of Jerry Nadler repeatedly referring to Hope Hicks by the name of someone she dated pic.twitter.com/sadkvXR8Vb
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 21, 2019
“Yeah. Ms. Lewandowski, I think, in reading this — ” Nadler said during the time, resulting in Hicks cutting him off, “My name is Ms. Hicks.”
“I’m sorry, Ms. Hicks,” Nadler responded. “I’m preoccupied.”
Nadler’s slip-ups resulted in social media users tearing into him for the error.
“This is sexist and appalling,” one Twitter user wrote.
Check out the reactions below:
It doesn’t matter what you think of Hicks. This is sexist and appalling, if you know anything about Cory Lewandowski’s alleged behavior toward her. Here’s some context: https://t.co/OMO6JjwKy9 https://t.co/Z0zPpAsZEc
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) June 20, 2019
It looks like Rep. Nadler referred to Hicks as "Ms. Lewandowski" three times. Here's one of them, and her resopnse. pic.twitter.com/BXHMJGCvU8
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) June 20, 2019
When Nadler called Hope Hicks "Ms. Lewandowski," the credibility of anything Democrats were trying to do by calling her in was immediately flushed down the drain.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 21, 2019
— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) June 21, 2019
Leave Hope Hicks alone
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 20, 2019
That’s sexist garbage. Hope was WH Comms Director before age 30 & is a senior exec at a major media corp. But of course Nadler tries to define her by gossip & innuendo – & assign her a man’s name when she more than made her own for herself 😤 https://t.co/xNqugkk9IW
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) June 20, 2019
This is so fucking gross https://t.co/13Xcyjqjqc
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 21, 2019
As IJR News reported, Hicks sparked frustration among Democrats after Wednesday’s hearing as White House lawyers told her not to respond to several questions, including things she already told Mueller during his investigation.
“They make the objection, we say it’s nonsense,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said in response to the hearing. “But Hope Hicks is listening to what they’re saying in terms of objections, so she doesn’t answer.”
“This is the beginning of what will be, I presume, litigation,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said.