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Calling Republican Women ‘Trash’ Sets Back Women’s Empowerment

Gabriella Hoffman
by Gabriella Hoffman Read Profile arrow_right_alt

What happened to encouraging empowered women?

This effort falls on deaf ears whenever a Republican or conservative woman dares to challenge orthodoxy or stand up to powerful Democrats like Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA).

George Conway, husband to White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, stooped to a new low by calling Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) ‘trash’ in response to her questioning at last week’s impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives.

Here’s how Stefanik responded to Conway’s tweet:

Actress Chrissy Teigen, who purports to support women or something, added insult to injury.

Merriam Webster defines trash as:something worth little or nothing: such as junk, rubbish” or “a worthless person” or “riffraff.”

When you call someone trash, you’re suggesting they have no dignity or value. You’re dehumanizing them. It’s like comparing someone to excrement. The lowest denominator of lowest denominators.

It’s unbecoming for individuals, including the bitter spouse of Kellyanne Conway, to spout this nonsense. How she puts up with him, I don’t know. Mr. Conway allegedly wants his marriage to work but reportedly tells people his wife must leave the “cult” in order for it to succeed. Nuts.

Three sources close to George told Vanity Fair this week that he has begun to grow distant from Kellyanne since the start of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

“He tells people she’s in a cult,” one of the sources said, while a friend of his added, “He’s going through a tough time.”

“It’s not going to get better until she’s cast out of the cult,” another source said.

The sources alleged that he is still in love with his wife but said she needs quit working for the president before they “can make it work.”

Please tell me how dehumanizing Elise Stefanik elevates dialogue or leads to improved politicking? Simply put, it doesn’t. Is the goal to “own” President Trump or his supporters? What does this say about people who engage in this bizarre behavior? Be better. I noted this on Twitter recently.

Stefanik appears to be a model citizen free of scandals—unlike that congresswoman who recently bowed out for allegedly having sexual relations with a staffer against Congressional rules.

You may not agree with all of Rep. Stefanik’s views—I certainly don’t agree with every view she espouses—but you can sympathize with her, as a conservative (or non-conservative) woman or man and reject these ad hominem attacks.

Coming to Stefanik’s defense doesn’t imply conservative women are helpless victims in need of sympathy or special treatment. It’s only natural to support other conservative or Republican women in these circumstances because you could be similarly subjected to this kind of treatment in the future.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a support system that has your back if someone like Mr. Conway called you “trash”? You may need that support if you are unfairly attacked and your character is impugned in the future, too.

Conservative women are constantly under attack for enabling our so-called “patriarchal” puppet masters or not sufficiently standing up for women’s issues as defined by the female establishment. We have our femininity called into question because we choose to be pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-free enterprise, pro-hunting, pro-limited government, or independent-minded. It’s exhausting and tiring to have to fight back this ridiculousness, but we do because we aren’t quitters.

Next August will be a century since the 19th Amendment was ratified, in which women were granted the right to vote. And we have individuals who use their platforms to belittle women, particularly center-right women, to get at their wife’s boss.

Have an issue with someone’s beliefs? Criticize their policies and not them personally. If you are immature about handling matters like an adult, make way for people who can. And don’t elevate people who can’t be happy for their wives working for the president.

This toxicity on social media is getting out of hand. Think before you tweet and call someone “trash” please.


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