A congressman from Texas is feeling the heat after he suggested that if his female counterparts were guys from Texas, he’d duel them for failing to pass the bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Yeah, that happened.
According to The Hill:
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) told a radio station in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday that “some female senators from the Northeast” are responsible for the Senate’s failure to pass a bill, The Associated Press reported Monday.
“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold added.
Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton, the United States’ first Treasury secretary and a signatory of the Constitution, in a duel in 1804.
While Farenthold didn’t clarify which female lawmakers he was referring to specifically, he went on to say it was “absolutely repugnant” that the Senate hasn’t passed a bill to repeal ObamaCare in the radio interview with “1440 Keys.”
While I’m sure Farentold (which I keep saying as “farthold” in my head for some reason) didn’t mean he wants to shoot and kill anyone, the media is having a field day with his bush-league comment.
It can get worse.
Meet @farenthold, married congressman who challenged women Sens to a Aaron Burr-style duel & thinks AK, WV r in Northeast pic.twitter.com/D4fuNNPZMT
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) July 24, 2017
This is Representative Blake Farenthold on the right. He has concerns about the judgment of female Senators. 🤔https://t.co/IkzNDYdOoO pic.twitter.com/heqSFdClUC
— Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) July 24, 2017
I'm pretty confident any of those women could beat Blake Farenthold in a duel, or a fist fight, or whatever. https://t.co/SIaZk2KUmQ
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 24, 2017
I can't see Lisa Murkowski losing a duel with Blake Farenthold tbh, even if her weapon jammed
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 24, 2017
BREAKING: Rep. Blake Farenthold advocates shooting people who don't vote his way.
— President-Elect G.E. Filtefish (@NOLAKenneth) July 24, 2017
Blaming women for your own failures is textbook toxic masculinity. As is gun violence. @farenthold, case in point. https://t.co/OAjLP7RofA
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) July 24, 2017
GQ’s Jay Willis even issued his own challenge to Farenthold: