Tell Congress: Condemn the comments of the GOP reps who threatened violence against female Senators this week

Two GOP congressmen threatened female Senators with violence this week while disagreeing with their policy positions on the Health Insurance legislation.

I think all representatives, especially those who are members of the Republican party, need to step up and speak out against such violent rhetoric.  Info below:

  1. Background
  2. Contact info
  3. Scripts for calling!


Background

Early this week, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold basically threatened female members of the Senate (while couched in some twisted chivalry) with the following words in a radio interview:

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If you want to listen to him say it, here’s the audio. Doesn’t sound to me like he’s “making a funny”, not that that would excuse his words. It wouldn’t.

Then, later this week, Representative Buddy Carter of Georgia said, in response to a question about Senator Lisa Murkowski, that “somebody should go over to that senate and Snatch a Knot in their Ass”.  This expression basically means, to beat someone.

Here’s an article about the comments, which notes it was the second time a male congress member threatened female senators this week, and also that “The Senate Republican working group that developed that chamber’s version of Trumpcare was comprised of 13 men.”

This kind of language is unacceptable; it feeds systemic misogyny in our culture, and is another example of the violent rhetoric that’s played a part in the increase of violence against people from marginalized communities since President Trump began his candidacy.

Members of Congress, especially Republican members, should speak up and speak out.


2. Contact Info

If you know your Congressperson’s name, you can search for their D.C. phone # HERE.

If you need their name, call the Congressional Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and follow the steps.


Script

For Live Phone Call:

Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a constituent of ______. I’m calling with a question and a comment. Can you help me by taking it down? Thank You!

I am very concerned about the threats of violence that two different Congressmen leveled at female Senators this week. Do you know if the Representative has heard about these comments and if he or she has condemned them yet?

Well, I want to ask the Congressperson to condemn the comments and urge them to push for censure of the two colleagues who made them.  Thank you!

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