Jason Lewis, conservative radio personality and Republican candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district, came under fire this week for inappropriate comments he’d made previously about women on his radio show.
“You’ve got a vast majority of young single women who couldn’t explain to you what GDP means. You know what they care about? They care about abortion. They care about abortion and gay marriage. They care about ‘The View.’ They are non-thinking.”
Lewis called women “ignorant” for voting based on their reproductive rights and freedom to make their own healthcare decisions. It’s not shocking that a right wing candidate said these things. It is shocking that other Republicans are the ones attacking him for it.
All of Lewis’ GOP endorsement rivals spoke against his comments:
Former Rep. Pam Myhra called them, “belittling, offensive, and shameful.” Tea Party favorite David Gerson, an engineer from South Saint Paul, said the statements were, “clearly offensive toward young women.” Former state Senator John Howe said Lewis’ words, “directly call into question his temperament and electability.” Darlene Miller, CEO of Permac Industries, said Lewis’ “demeaning comments about women are disturbing and untrue.”
I appreciate these GOP candidates calling for an increase in respect towards women, but I can’t imagine any of them would vote differently than Lewis would in Congress. As Republicans, they would all vote repeatedly to turn back the clock on women’s rights, make it harder for women to make to their own healthcare decisions, support overturning Roe v. Wade, and waste countless hours trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Jason Lewis’ comments were shameful. But so is the feigned disapproval coming from other Republicans.