That awkward moment when everyone thinks you're talking about periods on CNN but you're not
Live television is a high-pressure, fast-paced environment, and there is no room for mistakes. Unfortunately for CNN’s Jeffrey Lord, he got into a spot of trouble when discussing trade agreements – somehow his words made it seem like he was talking about women’s menstruation, rather than dry cleaning.
Lord was discussing Donald Trump’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Anderson Cooper and former secretary of labour Robert Reich. Lord is very much on board with Trump’s America First strategy and plans to renegotiate the trade deal.
Lord then launched into a slightly tenuously linked and rambling anecdote telling of his local dry cleaner. He says: “Here is a guy who is being asked to clean ladies’ garments and they bleed, which costs him money because he has to pay for the garment. The reason they bleed is because they don’t come into this country with the same standards, because of NAFTA.”
Err … you what now? As you can imagine, many people thought that Lord was talking about women menstruating. This seemed entirely nonsensical – it genuinely seemed as though Lord was trying to argue against trade agreements like NAFTA because they allowed women to come into the country who then menstruated on clothes that poor dry cleaners had to deal with. Utterly bizarre.
Even if he wasn’t talking about menstruation, people were still pretty confused by his anecdote.
Ah, but hold on a hot second. Even though it seems like Lord is talking about women’s periods, it actually turns out that he’d chosen his words very unwisely and was actually talking about something different.
The dry cleaner story now makes much more sense. However, we would advise Lord to think through his words a bit more carefully next time he goes on national television.