By Tommy ChristopherSep 23rd, 2022, 1:13 pm
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was stunned when a reporter read comments from Trump-backed congressional candidate John Gibbs denigrating women’s intelligence.
Gibbs, an election denier and former Trump administration official whom former President Donald Trump endorsed in November, has a history of inflammatory comments that include those he made as a student and founder of something he called the Society for the Critique of Feminism.
The reporter, Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman, took pains to clarify he did not share Gibbs’s views:
JAKE SHERMAN: Madam Speaker?
SPEAKER PELOSI: Yes, Jake.
JAKE SHERMAN: I wonder what you think – John Gibbs, who is running for House in Michigan, said that women don’t possess the characteristics necessary to govern.
SPEAKER PELOSI: Wait a minute. I want everybody to hear what you’re saying. Please speak up. What did he say?!?
JAKE SHERMAN: And men were smarter. I’m not adopting this position.
Speaker Pelosi. I just want them to know what that candidate said.
JAKE SHERMAN: Women don’t ‘think logically about broad and abstract ideas in order to deduce a suitable conclusion without relying upon emotional reasoning.’
SPEAKER PELOSI: Is that what he said?
JAKE SHERMAN: Uh‑huh.
SPEAKER PELOSI: I thought he said that passage of the –
JAKE SHERMAN: He also said that –
SPEAKER PELOSI: – Nineteenth Amendment made us a totalitarian state when women had the right to vote. Didn’t he say something like that, too?
JAKE SHERMAN: I was trying to keep it short.
SPEAKER PELOSI: And didn’t he – and didn’t he also – be part of a movement to repeal the Nineteenth Amendment for women to have the right to vote?
What do I think of that? I think I hear something like that every day around here when people say that women shouldn’t be able to make their choices about contraception or their own reproductive health.
That’s a sign of disrespect for women. What he’s saying is outrageous. I don’t think many Members up here would subscribe to that. But the insult to women’s intelligence is one that exists in many forms around here.
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