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GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was lectured by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus for his statements dismissing maternal death by African American women.
“About a third of our population is African American; African Americans have a higher incidence of maternal mortality. So, if you correct our population for race, we’re not as much of an outlier as it’d otherwise appear,” Cassidy told Politico.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) blasted Cassidy in a thread posted to Twitter.
"A third of Louisiana's population is Black. The Senator's statement is rooted in white supremacy," she wrote.
"I’ll paraphrase the Senator’s statement. Sen. Cassidy is saying that his state’s maternal death rate wouldn’t be so high if you didn’t count Black women. He suggests that 'correcting' the data means eliminating Black maternal health outcomes entirely," she explained.
"Due to structural inequities built into our health care system. Black mothers are 3 times as likely to die due to complications from pregnancy than white mothers. In Louisiana, that number jumps to 4," she coninued.
"GOP elected officials like Sen. Cassidy have no desire to dismantle these inequities — it’s easier for them to ignore them. Because dismantling health inequities means acknowledging systemic racism, and it’s against his best interests to do that," she wrote. "It’s no surprise that a member of the party that scores political points by spewing conspiratorial 'great replacement' rhetoric and fomenting moral panics about so-called critical race theory in schools is perfectly comfortable ignoring the plight of Black American mothers."
"A truly 'pro-life' Senator should have a vested interest in ending maternal health disparities. Instead, Sen. Cassidy seems content to let Black mothers die as a result of pregnancies that his party would like to force them to carry," she argued. "To call this hypocrisy unacceptable would be a gross understatement. I am saddened, disgusted, and appalled that a *sitting U.S. Senator* in the year 2022 can make this statement so nonchalantly."
"Black lives matter. Black mothers matter. And I will not stop fighting until ALL of my colleagues — House and Senate, Democratic and Republican — acknowledge that," she concluded.
British television personality Piers Morgan voiced his disappointment in Donald Trump's political team as he feuded with team Trump on Twitter.
When Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich criticized Morgan's ratings, the British broadcaster was surprised Budowich was still employed.
"Taylor, you can’t still be in a job - surely? The world’s worst communications director who masterminded the interview that most annoyed his boss? Donald Trump must be losing his edge - I’d have fired you the moment our promo landed!" he wrote.
After trading barbs, Mogan said he played Budowich, "like a cheap viola."
Longtime Trump aide Boris Epshteyn said Morgan was "a sad has-been?"
"Who are you?" Morgan responded.
"I got a great interview with President Trump, and the fact all you clowns around him threw your toys out of the stroller made it even better. If he wants any chance of winning again, he should fire all of you," he wrote.
He carbon-copied Donald Trump, Jr. on the tweet.
Democrats' advantage among female voters has narrowed from recent campaign cycles, CNN analyst Harry Enten explained on Saturday.
"The polling ahead of the 2022 midterms has been marked by a shrinking of electoral divisions," he wrote. "Perhaps more surprisingly as we head into the heart of the primary season, the same is true when it comes to gender. Even after the leak of a draft US Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, there are signs of a smaller gender gap among voters."
Enten says polling shows Republicans are doing far better than the last midterms.
"Every two years, I have a tradition of writing on a widening gender gap before the election. I did it in 2016, 2018 and 2020. All of those cycles featured wide differences in voting between men and women, though those variations tended to be larger at this point than what actually came to bear," he wrote. "Right now, the divide is considerably smaller than it was in May 2018, which was considered by many to be a second 'Year of the Woman.'"
Averaging six recent polls, Enten found a gender gap of 20 points.
"This margin may seem large (and it's not small), but it was 29 points per the average of these same polls at this point four years ago. (Aggregated CNN polling from late 2019 put the gender gap in a matchup between Biden and former President Donald Trump at an even larger 34 points.) The current smaller divide disproportionately comes because of female voters. While Republicans are doing 4 points better among men than at this point in 2018, they're doing 13 points better among women," he explained.
He noted the average gender gap in polls had not changed since the leak of a draft Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
"This could change if Roe is overturned. Still, the gender gap on abortion is significantly smaller than on other issues, so such a scenario would probably affect the voting patterns of men and women similarly," he noted.
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