Casey Fisher, a Republican precinct chairman from Davis County, Utah, is coming under fire over a controversial Facebook post in which he said that allowing women to vote was a “grave mistake.”
As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, Fisher on Sunday posted an incendiary message on his Facebook page that read, “The more I study history, the more I think giving voting rights to others not heads of household has been a grave mistake!”
Given that men have traditionally served as “heads of household,” the implication seems clear that Fisher meant that giving women the vote was a grievous error.
In the uproar that ensued over the comment, Davis County GOP Chairwoman Teena Horlacher insisted that people were taking Fisher’s comment out of context.
“The sentiment was along the lines of what our Founding Fathers believed in,” she explained. “Not necessarily that men only have the vote, that was not necessarily what he was saying.”
Horlacher hastened to add, however, that “I certainly don’t agree with that sentiment.”
The Davis County GOP Chairwoman then went on to explain that Fisher decided to delete the post after receiving angry messages from people online who were not fond of what they saw as his objection to women’s suffrage.
“Casey has been completely harassed today,” she said. “He has been inundated with mean emails, mean comments, mean phone calls. I mean, seriously. He’s quite astounded [by] the repercussions of all of this.”