Across the country, Republicans are waging an unmerciful war against women. Right wing politicians in multiple states have pushed bills forcing women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds also known as state sanctioned rape, bills that restrict when a woman can have an abortion, bills that seek to imprison doctors who perform abortions, and bills that would severely restrict women’s access to contraception. Not even a month has gone by since Georgia Republican Terry England compared women to cattle, and now, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus has gone even lower than that.
During an interview on Political Capital with Al Hunt on Bloomberg TV that will air this weekend, Preibus compared women to insects and claimed that there is no war against women.
“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars. It’s a fiction.”
Here’s the video:
Reince Preibus says the war against women is comparable to a war against caterpillars. He is comparing women to insects. Later on in the program, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz responded: “The jury of women across America have ruled that the Republicans have been unbelievably extreme and out of touch and hyper-focused on cultural issues,” she said, referring to a recent USAToday/Gallup Poll that shows the exodus of women from the Republican Party to the Democrats. Democrats now lead Republicans among women in swing states by a margin of 18 points.
It is astounding and insulting that Republicans are seemingly incapable of referring to women as human beings instead of as cattle and insects but that is apparently what the GOP thinks about women. By talking this way, Republicans are dismissing women as non-humans that don’t matter. And clearly, this is hurting them in the polls. Claiming that the war on women doesn’t exist is also ridiculous. Look at any Republican controlled legislative body this year including the US House of Representatives and you will find multiple bills targeting women, their rights, their health, their independence, and their voting rights. Many of these bills, especially those targeting women’s health, will result in the deaths of women. Republicans are willingly passing legislation that could kill women. This is not only a war against women, it’s been a one sided war. Republicans have been using their majorities to bombard women who have been largely defenseless and have had to just sit and take it. But come Election Day in November, women can finally fight back and declare war against the anti-women Republican Party.