This Time Republicans Are Silent When A Congressman Says “Act Like A Lady”


“Disrespectful.” “Demeaning to all women.” “Patronizing.”

Those were just a few of the Republican responses when a congressman accused a congresswoman of not “acting like a lady.”

But that was 2010, and it was about attacking Democratic Senator Arlen Spector, after he told Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to “act like a lady” when she was talking over him on a television news show.

The GOP was appalled.  Bachmann claimed she was “stunned by his arrogance.”  The female co-chair of the RNC started demanding an apology Spector’s primary challenger called him out.

Yet when Republican Congressman Allen West of Florida sends an email to House leadership, condemning fellow Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her “attack” on him on the House floor, calling her “vile,” “unprofessional” and “not a lady,” there isn’t a peep to be heard from the party.

As much as Republicans hide behind female politicians to push their draconian cuts and policies that are most harmful to women, then claim that since a woman supports them, they must actually be beneficial, accusing a female politician of not “acting like a lady” is only a crime if that politician is a Republican.  Because, essentially, to the GOP, Democratic women aren’t “ladies.”  They strive for gender equality, they fight for women to be able to work and raise families rather than always choose between the two, they argue for equal pay and the right to have autonomy over their own bodies, families and personal choices.

They fight for women.  And apparently, that just isn’t ladylike.

Florida’s Lois Frankel, who is challenging West for his seat in 2012, responded to the congressman’s sexist diatribe, stating that with his “out of control, rude, sexist and completely inappropriate remarks is it any wonder that Washington can’t get anything done?  We have critical issues from the debt ceiling to creating jobs to two wars; yet instead of getting things done for South Florida families Allen West would rather grandstand and call names that are offensive to all of us.”

And grandstanding it is.  Want to see what “vile, unladylike” remarks Wasserman Schultz made that sent West into a tizzy?  Watch below.  Then consider telling West that there’s no room in Congress for his sexist behavior.

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SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.5 years ago

It's really obvious that Allen West has no ability to respond on topic to a smarter, more eloquent, and more knowledgeable Wasserman Schultz. He has to resort to name-calling and mud-slinging, because he doesn't understand anything she has said while she directly addresses the issues of the budget crisis. He is clearly inadequate and incompetent and poignantly indicates these traits with these childish antics to avoid making obvious his ignorance about his job. He has no relevant response to her address and no understanding of why he is supporting the Republican budget plan. He probably doesn't even know what a Republican is.

Dave G.
Dave G.5 years ago

YEEEESSS! GO, Dianne R.!

And Tommy S. - Tush Limburger talks out of his FAT ASS! The fact that you lend ANY creedence to his vitriolic spew speaks volumes about you. (Right, Christopher S.?) ;-)

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson5 years ago

Allen West ,is sorely unprepared to live in THIS CENTURY.As a retired military man, he has yet to learn how to behave .While running for office he exagerated his military position and stated that his "SECURITY CLEARANCE IS HIGHER THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S". Clearly he feels intimidated by strong women , can't control himself and lashes out.Of course it's unacceptable .The Republican silence is just one more reason that the whole new crowd will be leaving ---to use a military term ASAP. OVER AND OUT! Next time ,Florida,VOTE FOR THE LADY! Lois Frankel looks like a winner!!

CHRISTOPHER S.5 years ago

Well, looks like Tommy just took himself out as a serious contender in this debate.

Tommy S.
Tommy S.5 years ago

Tommy S.
Tommy S.5 years ago

Rush Limbaugh sums it all up

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Brian F.
Brian F.5 years ago

This shows us what a bunch of hypocritical liars the republicans are. Anthony Weiner did something wrong, but it wasn't a crime, yet the republicans crucified him along with some democrats. David Vitter actually committed a crime, soliciting a proststitute, and the republicans say nothing, and Vitter was never charged with a crime. The republicans covered up the crime committed by David Vitter in the same way that they let Allen West get away with his sexist remark. The republicans always protect their own and go after democrats when they say or do the slightest things. Republicans are gutless cowards who don't have the courage or the guts to admit when they do something wrong and try to hold their own people accountable.

Rosemary G.
Rosemary G.5 years ago

It is up to us to stay in the front of the bus and help each other doing it.
Most women have more balls than men!

CHRISTOPHER S.5 years ago

For anyone who's really paying attention, it's pretty clear by now that the Tea Party mistakes of 2010 will all be voted out of office after only one term, to never again be seen in public office. This is not only true of those in congress, but of state legislators and governors too. The only exception is those who will be recalled before the end of their first term. The real question is, how many mainstream Republicans will they take with them. The Tea Party Circus is over.