The Washington Press Club Foundation’s Annual Congressional Dinner was supposed to be a night of well-meaning banter and light-hearted speeches, but Rep. Richmond made news for taking it a step too far.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) made headlines for sexist remarks regarding White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway last week in reference to the controversial photograph of Conway sitting on her knees on a couch in the Oval Office.

Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson was in attendance and reported via Twitter that Representative Cedric Richmond made a crude sex joke regarding the controversy surrounding the photograph taken of White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway on a couch in the Oval Office sitting on her knees.

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However, Richmond is backtracking and has publicly apologized for his derogatory, sexist remarks in a statement released late Sunday:

“After a discussion with people I know and trust I understand the way my remarks have been received by many. I have consistently been a champion for women and women’s issues, and because of that the last thing I would want to ever do is utter words that would hurt or demean them.”

Watch the remarks below:

Richmond at first stood by his derogatory comments, saying in a statement Thursday:

“Where I grew up saying that someone is looking or acting ‘familiar’ simply means that they are behaving too comfortably.”

His comments even received backlash from Trump’s opponent’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who tweeted in support of Kellyanne Conway:

What do you think about Rep. Richmond’s derogatory remarks? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

(H/T The Blaze)

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