What's Wrong With This Picture of Republicans Celebrating After the AHCA Win?

"Would you have noticed if I hadn't said anything?"

When the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, it didn't take long for the Republican celebration to begin. The Trump administration needed a win on healthcare, and Republicans delivered. 

As soon as the AHCA passed in the House, the GOP was ready to party in the Rose Garden like it was 1999. Several journalists reported seeing cases of beer being rolled into the U.S. Capitol, and the jovial mood continued as Vice President Mike Pence, President Trump, and other politicians addressed the press following the narrow win.



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Looking out into the sea of (predominantly) aging White men— celebrating being one step closer to taking health care away from 24 million Americans and labeling things like rape, domestic violence, and mental health issues as pre-existing conditions — gave one creative Twitter user an interesting idea.

Amanda Holland, a video producer at BuzzFeed, took a still of President Trump basking in the glory of his win, and photoshopped all the men standing behind him so they all had the same face.

President Trump at a press conference in the Rose Garden on May 4, 2017.
President Trump at a press conference in the Rose Garden on May 4, 2017. Youtube

Have a look at an untouched still from the press conference above, and then take a gander at Holland's creation below.

As she explained on Twitter, Holland took the face of Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina (who is standing directly over President Trump's right shoulder) and Photoshopped his mug on his equally White, male counterparts. As Holland points out, the startling truth is that the two photos don't look that different, and most people would have missed her genius Photoshopping skills had she not pointed them out.

The photo will hopefully spark an important conversation about the need for our government to reflect the diversity found in our country. Currently, 104 (78D, 26R) women hold seats in the United States Congress, comprising 19.4 percent of the 535 members; 21 women (21 percent) serve in the United States Senate, and 83 women (19.1 percent) serve in the United States House of Representatives. And while the 115th Congress is the most racially and ethnically diverse, it's still not reflective of  the country as a whole.

And yes, this is a big problem that manifests itself in legislation such as the AHCA and Oklahoma's HB I 44 I

A recent study conducted at the state level found a correlation between political representation and quality of life for women. In other words, states with little or no female representation in the state legislature tended to underperform with regards to equal pay and women's reproductive rights, while states with women in government had laws in place to protect such things.

The AHCA now faces a lengthy, uphill battle in the Senate (and likely won't pass in its current form) but Holland's photo perfectly illustrates the hypocrisy of wealthy White men jeopardizing health care for women, and millions of others. Photos like hers will hopefully not only start an important dialogue, but encourage more people of diverse background to get involved in politics.