In an epic assessment of today’s Republican Party, MSNBC analyst and SiriusXMProgress producer Zerlina Maxwell summed up the ways in which women have long been under attack.
“I think that the focus of the Democratic Party since November 2016, has been trying to push back against an agenda that is anti-woman,” she began. “That’s why you see women organizing across the country since Election Day. People that have not been involved in politics. So the [Brett] Kavanaugh confirmation actually is a moment in which it’s just an inflection point.”
She noted that it brought women together around a very specific fight. While it was lost this time, the fight doesn’t end today.
“That means that every single woman who was upset yesterday when they saw Kavanaugh confirmed is going to wake up today, donate money, go knock on doors, go make phone calls, organize people in those states specifically the ten states where they’re running, those that Democrats must hold to have a chance in the Senate and the house is a lot better to reign,” she continued. “The focus is now going to be on the energy and the anger of women and how we push that through organizing into victories on Election Day.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Kavanaugh has encouraged electoral enthusiasm for the Senate races in November, but it may not translate into House races, where Democrats are still leading. The story also neglects to estimate whether that enthusiasm can be sustained for a month after the GOP scored their victory, while Democrats are still angry.
In another portion of the segment one male Republican strategist who used the Biblical metaphor about splitting the baby, an unfortunate one when addressing issues of reproductive health. He also improperly used the Biblical story painting the story as a good thing. In the story, the king suggested splitting the baby and the true mother was horrified and begged for the baby’s life. The threat was the way the correct decision could be reached, not the act of splitting the baby. The other part of the argument is that two women came to the king with equally compelling arguments.
“State laws will make it overturn. Noah, you heard him,” Maxwell retorted. “He does not have a middle. Don’t do that. You’re headed right — don’t say I’m trying to explain something to a woman when it has to do with reproductive health care. Don’t ever do that. That’s not a good idea.”
Maxwell wasn’t the only woman who agreed this has energized and enraged women. Several on Twitter echoed the sentiment.
Let me tell you… that segment just now on @msnbc embodies exactly how women across this country feel about the #GOP… don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining! @ZerlinaMaxwell is a #BOSS and true warrior for justice!
— DanielleMoodie-Mills (@DeeTwoCents) October 7, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
“Don’t try to explain reproductive rights to women, not a good idea”…tell’em Zerlina!!
— Carla (@CarlaED13) October 7, 2018
— Carla (@CarlaED13) October 7, 2018
This is why I’m a huge fan of @ZerlinaMaxwellADVERTISEMENT
“Don’t do that. You’re headed right toward mansplaining. Don’t say I’m trying to explain something to a woman when it has to do with reproductive healthcare. Don’t ever do that. That’s not a good idea.” pic.twitter.com/6MBfkTKnQL
— La Femme Nikita (@nicolenavega) October 7, 2018
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