Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said during a post-debate interview on Fox News that the “misogyny” during the first Republican presidential debate is what stood out to her.
The remark came in response to a question from host Megyn Kelly who asked her to name what “jumped out” to her as she watched the GOP hopefuls face off in Cleveland.
“The misogyny, to start with,” she said. “I mean, after your question to Donald Trump and the obvious misogyny that he engaged in his response, not a single one of the other Republican candidates criticized him, commented, talked about the importance of making sure women have access to health care or equal pay for equal work.”
Wasserman-Schultz was referencing the moment Trump turned on Kelly after she asked him to address disparaging comments he has previously directed toward women.
Wasserman-Schultz contended that the debate pushed women and minorities away from supporting a Republican ticket.
In a statement released later, the Democratic chairwoman echoed those comments.
“During both debates today, we saw more of the out of date and out of touch policies that we’re used to seeing from these Republican candidates,” she said. “Among the biggest losers of tonight’s debate were American women, who were attacked at every turn. We failed to hear any solutions for income inequality, and not even a mention of college affordability, equal pay, raising the minimum wage, or the Voting Rights Act on its fiftieth anniversary.”
Wasserman-Schultz concluded, “Today’s Republican presidential candidates proved that the GOP is solely focused on taking us backwards with policies that cut taxes for the wealthy and leave the middle class behind.”
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