During this week’s final presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump crossed a line when he insulted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, calling her a “nasty woman” to her face. The phrase has become a feminist rallying cry for every woman across America who’s ever been told they were being a bitch, that perhaps they were menstruating, that they need to get laid and cheer up, or otherwise denigrated for committing the sin of not being obedient and adequately respectful of male desires and standards.
Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) apparently decided that Trump hadn’t done enough damage to the GOP’s popularity with women and spoke out in defense of the digitally deficient real estate mogul in the worst way possible. On a radio show, Babin was asked if Trump’s comments went too far. “Well, I’m a genteel Southerner, Alan. Sometimes a lady needs to be told when she’s being nasty” said Babin.
Well, I do declare, Mistah Babin, but your attempts to explain away your condescending misogyny by invoking your devotion to a patriarchal culture of white supremacy whose crowning achievement was sending hundreds of thousands of working class men to die for the right of the aristocracy to own other human beings is bullshit.
Hillary Clinton is not “nasty” for simply quoting your own nominee’s words back at him. But far too often American men – especially the more privileged and self-entitled men like Babin who have grown comfortable after years of committing legislative malpractice without consequence – refuse to acknowledge a woman’s response for its substance but are obsessed with the nerve they show in speaking out against them at all. Babin’s response just goes to show how out of touch the rank-and-file GOP is with basic decency and respect for one-half of the American population, and we need to make them pay for it in November.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.