A Republican state lawmaker in New Hampshire, Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, recently wrote an article where he made several disgusting remarks about the appearance of Democratic United States Rep. Ann McLane Kuster.
“Let’s be honest,” Vaillancourt wrote. “Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin.”
“How ugly is Annie Kuster?” he continued. “Sad to say, but the drag queens are more attractive than Annie Kuster. Annie Kuster looks more like a drag queen than most men in drag. Ouch!”
And this isn’t just some random radical conservative who decided to run for office this November. He’s currently serving his sixth term in the New Hampshire state legislature. Not that his current position changes the reprehensible nature of his comments. But it’s absolutely stunning to me that someone like Vaillancourt is currently an elected official.
There’s absolutely no excuse for comments such as these. Would he be saying the same thing about a male? Of course not. It always amazes me the differences in criticism female politicians face that males don’t.
Besides, I would suggest Vaillancourt take a good, long look in the mirror before talking about anyone else’s appearance.
But this is just another example, in a long list of them, of a Republican showing the extreme disdain they have for women. When it comes to treating women as equals, many Republicans act as if it’s the early 1900’s instead of 2014.
Like recently when a Republican senate candidate blamed single mothers who “just want a free government handout” for the reason why he’s trailing New Jersey Senator Corey Booker in the polls.
Then we can’t forget earlier this year when former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had a few absurd comments pertaining to birth control and how women apparently can’t control their “libido.”
It still blows my mind that despite all of this obvious sexism and misogyny that runs rampant throughout the Republican party, tens of millions of women still vote for members of their party. It makes absolutely no sense.
But then again, it doesn’t make sense for anyone who isn’t a wealthy, straight, white Christian male to vote Republican at all. Yet that doesn’t stop millions of Americans (both male and female) from voting against their own interests all the time.
But if you happen to feel so inclined to let Mr. Vaillancourt know what you think of his comments, here are a couple of contact points you can utilize:
Office phone number: (603) 271-3419
Email: [email protected]