Last week, Democratic National Committeee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz cruised through Colorado in support of Democrats Sixth Congressional District candidate Andrew Romanoff, Secretary of State candidate Joe Neguse, and State Treasurer candidate Betsy Markey. This week, Wasserman Schultz marginalized female victims of physical abuse everywhere with her comments about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:
“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality…What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.”
Wasserman Schultz’s comments were part of criticism she lobbed at Walker for signing a bill that would cockblock trial lawyers from preying on small business owners for outsized damages. In fact, Politifact called Wasserman Schultz outrageous claims False in April:
“In April 2014, Burke said Walker’s repeal of a 2009 law meant Wisconsin was one of just five states ‘without an equal pay law protecting women from gender discrimination in their paycheck.’ We rated the claim False.”
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch called her comments “absolutely hideous.” But, what about Romanoff, Neguse, and Markey? They just campaigned with her to raise the profiles of their campaigns. Will any of them denounce her horrific comments?
To Wasserman Schultz’s credit, she later apologized for the words she used, but is marginalizing victims of violence by comparing their trauma to a policy decision with which one disagrees ever ok?