Questioner at Chelsea Clinton Event Apologizes for Being a Man

• September 13, 2016 1:54 pm


An audience member at a Chelsea Clinton event Tuesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, apologized for being a male and getting the microphone first to ask a question.

He quickly followed up by saying that it is important to encourage women to speak as well.

"Well, first off, I’d just like to state that this is a wonderful idea and sorry that the first person to get the mic is a man," he said.

The man then apologized for his gender.

"I do apologize for that."

The crowd laughed.

He told the crowd that it is important to encourage women to speak in "every aspect of life."

"I do think it’s important to encourage women’s voices in every aspect of life," he said.

Before the man’s comments, Chelsea Clinton called on him out of a crowd to ask his question first to an all-female panel.

She asked him to tell the crowd his name, which he did shortly into the question.

"Yeah, I saw your hand first, so yes, hello," Clinton said. "And maybe just share your name and–"

"Yes ma’am," the questioner interrupted.

Clinton then joked that being called "ma’am" made her feel old.

One of Hillary Clinton’s main platforms in her presidential campaign is "women’s rights and opportunity." The discussion that her daughter led Tuesday centered around this topic for the majority of the panel time.