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Maddow Attacks ‘War On Caterpillars’ Remark: GOP Should ‘Own’ Their Record, Or ‘Stop Doing It’

On her show Thursday night, Rachel Maddow took on Reince Priebusremark comparing the notion of a “war on women” to a “war on caterpillars.” Democrats and the media aren’t just accusing Republicans without reason she said — but because they’re actually attacking women’s rights. Her advice? Own it and run on your record, or simply stop doing it.

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Maddow mocked the comparison:

I think there’s just one piece missing from what otherwise is obviously a perfect analogy of women as caterpillars. I think there’s just one thing missing. If Democrats said that Republicans had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media said we had a war on caterpillars, the Republican party would not then just have a problem with caterpillars. There is a missing piece of this analogy, right? In this analogy what he’s missing is the part where the Republican party introduces hundreds of pieces of legislation all over the country attacking the rights of caterpillars, which in his analogy is in fact what the Republican party has been doing. The Republican party in this analogy has to be seen as a radically, what, anti-cocoon party? […] Sacrifice the caterpillar? Save the cocoon?

There’s a reason why President Obama is leading among women, she said. And it’s not because of allegations from Democrats or misinformation from the media. The reason, Maddow said, is because the Republicans took control of the House, said they’d focus on jobs, and instead have attacked women’s rights and introduced numerous anti-abortion bills.

Maddow ran through a sampling of such legislation, including a measure introduced in Mississippi. This is what Republicans do under Priebus’ leadership, she said. “Reince Priebus, this is your life.” The GOP is “constantly and tirelessly and relentlessly waging war on women’s rights,” Maddow continued. “You don’t need the Democrats or the media to help give you a reputation for that. Dude, you have earned it. You guys are earning it every single day. Either own it, don’t be afraid to run on your record, or stop doing it. Those are your choices.”

Karen Finney joined Maddow to discuss the topic. Finney quipped, “I was a little surprised by caterpillars, because you know, they don’t believe in science either.” Trying to “demean and diminish” an important issue like women’s rights by talking about caterpillars is not the way to pivot away from a conversation that’s “hurting” Republicans, she said.

Offering some advice, she said, “For starters, they could stop talking about women like we’re idiots, where we couldn’t vote or take care of our own money, for heaven’s sake. I don’t think most women want to have this conversation about contraception because we all thought it was settled.”

Women care about a range of issues, Finney emphasized, including the economy and “that is what we want to talk about.” She added, “Talk to us about the issues we care about, and understand we care about a range of issues, but we’re not going to let you treat us like we’re less than equal human beings.”

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