Last Friday, Rep. Renee “I Need My Paycheck” Ellmers (R-NC) spoke to a group of conservative women on how to best express Republican policies to women voters.
Apparently, her strategy was basically for the men in the party to dumb it down for them.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Ellmers said:
“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level. Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.
“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go.”
Ellmers, who botched an on-air discussion of the Affordable Care Act so badly that her own constituents attacked her on social media, was also quoted as saying that what women want the most is more time, “including more time in the morning to get ready.”
Not an improved economy, not better access to healthcare… All women really want is extra time to apply their makeup.
Not only does this two-term congresswoman, who is a graduate of Oakland University with a 20-plus year nursing career, think that her male counterparts are capable of a higher level of thinking, she also believes that women apparently can’t read a pie chart (which is arguably the easiest of all charts to understand).
When contacted by ThinkProgress, Ellmers said in an email that her statements, of course, had been “taken completely out of context” in the Examiner Story. Blaming “certain leftist writers” for “gotcha’ journalism,” she said “I am a woman, and find it both offensive and sexist to take my words and redefine them to imply that women need to be addressed at a lower level.”
Ellmers’ idiocy makes her erroneously think that all women are as stupid as she is, and couldn’t possibly find her comments condescending and offensive.
Possibly the most troubling aspect of Ellmers’ remarks are that she is currently the chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee. She, along with 137 of her fellow GOP representatives, voted against the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, is adamantly against abortion rights, and is a co-sponsor of the Sanctity of Human Rights Act. The legislation states “the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or it’s functional equivalent, irrespective of health, function, or disability, defect, state of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of person.”
With friends like these, who needs enemies? Right, ladies?