“How can you say that it’s a fiction, though, if you stand of the record of what the Republican Party has said and done?” Roberts wondered, noting that all of the remaining GOP presidential candidates had promised to eliminate funds for family planning and Republican-controlled state legislatures had pushed through 90 anti-abortion bills in 2011.
“Because it is a fiction, Thomas,” Priebus replied. “It’s a fiction because, number one, there is no war on women. … The fact of the matter is that the real war on women, the actual thing that I think most women in this country are most concerned about, which is a good job, a good family, being able to live the American dream, provide for your kids and your family, that war on women is being perpetrated by President Barack Obama.”
Republicans will repeat this lie ad nauseum until it becomes fact, and they will do so in the most illogical manner possible. Notice how Priebus cannot respond to Roberts’s question, so he simply restates the premise: “How can I say the war on women is fiction? Because the war on women is fiction, that’s how!” Oh, tautology! Thine infinite majesty!
When Roberts forces the issue, and points out that Republicans took the government to the brink of disaster in a failed effort to defund Planned Parenthood, Priebus makes light of it:
“You can’t discount the fact that we almost took the government to the brink of closing Planned Parenthood,” Thomas pressed.
“The world will continue,” the RNC chairman quipped. “I don’t buy your argument. I happen to believe that you can be pro-women and pro-life. You don’t. That’s the problem, Thomas.”
No, Mr. Priebus. When you are the chair of the political party attempting to submit women, women’s health, and women’s bodies to tyrannical rule by the state (small government!), you’re not being pro-women — you’re waging a war on women. Period.
And, as MSNBC contributor Krystal Ball points out below, you may have liked it better when women weren’t paying attention, but we’re paying attention now:
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