Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Missouri Courtland Sykes, 37, had a lot to say about women's rights this week — like the fact that he most certainly does not support them — "not the kind that has suppressed natural womanhood for five long decades," anyway. Instead, he expects “a home-cooked dinner every night at six — one that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives."
In a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday, he said that he had been asked if he “supports women’s rights," but he thinks that feminists push an agenda that they “made up to suit their own nasty snake-filled heads.”
Sykes said that he hopes his daughters don't one day become “career-obsessed banshees who forgo home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she-devils who shriek from the top of a thousand tall buildings they are [SIC] think they could have leaped in a single bound — had men not been ‘suppressing them.’ It’s just nuts.”
He also added that he doesn't buy the feminist campaign against manhood... Except that the feminist campaign isn't against manhood; it's in support of giving women equal rights rather than relegating a bunch of "banshees" to the kitchen to serve.
It's no surprise that Sykes bills himself as a Trump-style populist and "constitutional conservative," and it's, frankly, less and less surprising when white men, in particular, share opinions like this one. What's disconcerting, to say the least, is that he will face off against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November and, if Trump's inauguration is any indication, this guy's actually got a chance...
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