Republican Strategist: Jeb Bush Was Helping Women By Publicly Shaming Them (VIDEO)

A Republican strategist had the gall to defend Jeb Bush for supporting the public shaming of women who don’t live up to his strict conservative “Christian” standards.

During an interview with Carol Costello on CNN on Wednesday, GOP strategist Cheri Jacobus claimed that Jeb Bush was merely “solving the the problem of unwed motherhood” when he wrote in his 1995 book Profiles In Character that unmarried women who have children should be publicly shamed much in the same way the lead female character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter was shamed.

Here’s what Bush wrote:

“One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame. Many of these young women and young men look around and see their friends engaged in the same irresponsible conduct. Their parents and neighbors have become ineffective at attaching some sense of ridicule to this behavior. There was a time when neighbors and communities would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful.”

Later on, Florida Governor Bush allowed a bill to become law mandating that if women want to put up their unwanted child for adoption they would have to publicize their names, physical descriptions, and sexual histories in newspapers for all to read. In other words, they were forced to open themselves up to public humiliation.

But Jacobus claimed Bush was only trying to help women.

“His heart was in the right place. He’s talking about solving the problem of unwed motherhood, children being born into these families. Our latest census data shows us that of the bottom fifth of earners in this country, 83 percent are comprised of single-parent households, unwed mothers. You have children being born and raised into poverty.”

Clearly, Republicans never considered easier access to birth control as a solution to slash the number of unwanted pregnancies, because that works way better than public shaming.

Jacobus conceded that Bush should have probably focused more on condemning deadbeat dads for not sticking around to take care of their kids and the mothers of their children, than blaming fathers for single mothers falling into poverty and needing government assistance. Of course, single mothers probably wouldn’t end up in poverty or need federal aid if Republicans would simply mandate equal pay for women, raise the minimum wage and support accessible child care.

Then Costello called out Bush for the “Scarlet Latter Law” he allowed to be enacted in 2001 for publicly shaming women, which led to some embarrassing attempts at spinning from Jacobus, and left Costello shaking her head in bewilderment.

JACOBUS: ‘I don’t think you should be calling it public shaming.’

COSTELLO: ‘To write about who you had sex with? And make it public?’

JACOBUS: ‘You’ve got to support the effort. Was it an inelegant way to do it? Yes, but the effort and the feeling and the impetus behind it is correct. Did they get it right? Absolutely not. But it was not meant to shame the parent, the mother.’

COSTELLO: ‘They were putting their child up for adoption.’

JACOBUS: ‘They’re trying to at least let the father’s family have some say in that. That was the effort. It was not designed to shame the mother. If that was the result, that’s why it didn’t work. The intent behind it was definitely to help the child, putting the child first. And I think it’s hard to not support that.’

Here’s the video via YouTube:

Public shaming is a violation of women’s personal lives and privacy. Jeb Bush and his conservative friends may want to take America back to a time when women were subjugated by men under a religious doctrine, but women in this century can vote, so believing or defending such an outdated and misogynistic policy is political suicide.

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