Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), is catching heat from FOX News for a speech he gave at the 2011 Campus Progress National Conference. When discussing the issue of wealth inequality, Ellison stated:
“I recently hosted a forum in my district called Women's Rights in the Era of Extremism. And this is an era of extremism. These same people who want to shrink government till you can drown it in a bathtub also want mom to get back in the kitchen and take her shoes off and get pregnant. You understand? They are offended by strong, powerful women. And here's the sad part -- some of them are women themselves. Michele Bachmann being an example. So let's stand up -- let's stand up for women's rights, and brothers don't leave the sisters out there. We gotta be in this thing together.”
Gretchen Carlson of FOX News was particularly offended by Ellison’s (accurate) commentary, defending Michele Bachmann against what she insisted was Ellison implying Bachmann was not a strong woman.
Unfortunately Carlson missed the boat. Ellison never stated that Bachmann is not a “strong, powerful woman”—just that her message and reputation is not favorable to women’s rights. Here’s a nice piece about her politics.
Bachmann’s voting record speaks for itself. Here are some highlights of her consistent votes against women: Voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Co-sponsored a bill that would prohibit federal funds from being used to cover any part of a health plan that includes coverage of abortion services.
She also tends to vote against any sort of help for the poor, which puts women and children alike at a disadvantage.
The criticism of Ellison for calling out Bachmann on her sexist politics is misguided at best and overall frightening, considering the barrage of sexist comments playing out over the FOX airwaves consistently.
Thanks to Representative Ellison for all he’s done to fight for women’s health & equality.
-by Kelly, Web Correspondent, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund