Republican female senators whose disapproval of the GOP health-care effort has at times endangered its progress are facing an increasingly pointed backlash from men in their party, including a handful of comments that invoked physical retaliation.
In the past week, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) has been challenged by a male lawmaker to a duel. She and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) were told that they and others deserve a physical reprimand for their decisions not to support Republican health-care proposals. Murkowski, who voted with Collins against starting the health-care debate this week, was specifically called out by President Trump on Twitter and told by a Cabinet official that Alaska could suffer for her choice, according to a colleague.
The language of retribution increasingly adopted by Republican men reflects Trump’s influence and underscores the challenges GOP women can face when opposing the consensus of their party, which remains dominated by men, outside experts said. A videotape of Trump surfaced during the campaign revealing him bragging in vulgar terms about groping women, and some believed that opened the gates for further insults and degrading behavior toward women.
This is the year 2017. This crap will not stand. Men who threaten women will lose their jobs. They might not lose their jobs instantly but those who threaten will absolutely not be able to outrun their errors. The good old boy network is no longer cool and it will no longer exclude others.
It’s just time for many folks to clean up their acts. Let’s start with new kid on the block Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci threatened Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon in the foulest and most vulgar terms. In the first place, this thug isn’t even on the payroll yet. However, that hasn’t stopped him from threatening those two and others in the White House with firing. I don’t care how people talk in private. I have been known to have a few salty sailor-like traits myself…however, Scaramucci is a public figure. He represents the office of the President of the United States. He needs to use civil language. It’s one thing to slip. It’s another thing to speak of others like he did. This was no “hot mike.” It was just being an intimidating pig. .
Trump should fire him. But he won’t. Trump has no judgement and is probably enjoying the commotion. It takes the laser beam off Trump’s illegal and traitorous behavior.
Meanwhile, the female senators need to stand their ground and not give way to the class jerks in the room. They need to identify anyone who threatens them so that we can track those men and put them out of office.