Republican Senate candidate Courtland Sykes struggled to explain his views on women’s right during an interview with a local radio host Friday.
The fringe Missouri candidate sparked a ferocious backlash this week after he promoted a rant he wrote about women’s rights that bashed feminist women with “nasty snake-filled heads.”
Speaking with KTRS radio host McGraw Milhaven, Sykes said he wanted to “uphold traditional family values” by requiring his girlfriend to have dinner ready for him at 6:00 p.m. every day.
“We want to uphold this traditional family, these values, and what you’re seeing from the left… they absolutely want to reach in and tell everybody how they should live their lives,” he explained.
Milhaven accused Sykes of looking to cause controversy, but the candidate insisted there had been a “war on men in this country for years” waged by “radical feminists.” He added that he wasn’t against all types of feminism.
“I think the best model of feminism today is Kellyanne Conway, for example,” Sykes said. “Here is a woman who has kids, she fixes them breakfast before work, and she goes to work, and she’s very successful. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, same thing. And Ivanka Trump, she’s a great model for women.”
The 37-year-old Arkansas native, Harvard graduate and Navy veteran has tried to attract the attention of Breitbart chief and former White House strategist Steve Bannon in his run against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
Later in the interview, Milhaven asked Sykes to define what radical feminism was.
“Well, I would say that it is largely this movement that we’re seeing, we’re seeing all these women protest with their vulgar signs,” he replied after a pause, “and I don’t want to repeat any of it over the air to all of your listeners, but I mean we are talking about incredibly [inaudible] women who absolutely hate men.”
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