Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold blamed “some female senators from the Northeast” for the GOP health care bill being stalled in the Senate and said he would ask them to "step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style" if they were men from South Texas.
According to the Associated Press, Farenthold was interviewed Friday during a Corpus Christi radio show on KEYS-AM. During the interview, Farenthold began discussing what he called the Senate's lack of courage in dismantling Obamacare and then pointed the blame at northeastern female senators for their roles in the current stalemate over the Senate GOP's health care bill.
“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold told the host, referring to the 1804 duel when Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.
While Farenthold did not give any names or party affiliation, at least three female Republican senators have expressed reservations about the bill, and all Democratic senators, including multiple female senators from the Northeast, have announced their opposition.
The AP noted that Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins has consistently opposed the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Two other female Republican senators — Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have also shared disagreement with the GOP bill.
This is not the first time Farenthold has said something sure to outrage his political opponents. During the 2016 presidential elections, Farenthold appeared on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" to discuss the scandal involving then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's taped conversation about grabbing women by their genitals. Hayes asked Farenthold if he would still back Trump, even if he had said he was OK with raping women, to which Farenthold replied, "I'd have to consider it."
Farenthold later apologized on Twitter for not immediately condemning anyone who would be OK with rape.
I apologize for my failure to immediately condemn anyone who would say something as outrageous as they like raping women. (1/3)
— Blake Farenthold (@farenthold) October 12, 2016
According to The Hill, the Senate is set to vote on a motion to proceed to a version of the GOP health care bill this week. It is not clear which version they will be voting on, be it strict repeal, or repeal-and-replace legislation.
It is largely believed that neither bill has the votes to pass.