Former Rep.: Republicans Demonstrating Gender Double Standard In Attacking Cheney

A handful of Republicans have openly criticized former president Donald Trump for his divisive rhetoric and insistence on pushing the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him. But only one of them, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, is being attacked by members of her own party.

The reason, according to former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), is that she’s a woman. Comstock served two terms in Congress before being defeated by Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton in the 2018 election that saw Democrats flip 60 seats in the House of Representatives. In a phone interview with The Hill, she blasted the Republican Party for the blatant double standard it is demonstrating in moving to oust Cheney from its number three leadership position.

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“The women don’t get the same slack that the men get,” Comstock said. “And I think a lot of the men are attacking her because they resent that she’s got guts and they don’t. They’re on their knees for Trump and she’s standing up for herself. And that’s kind of an embarrassing thing if you’re the guy on your knees.”

The former Virginia representative, who distanced herself from the twice-impeached Trump during the 2018 campaign, held nothing back in her criticism of House GOP leadership.

“It’s an existential crisis for the party to cynically throw out somebody for stating the truth and then say, ‘OK, let’s go find a woman who makes Donald Trump happy.’ You know, really? That’s our standard now?” said Comstock. “Woe to the woman who’s going to be the handmaiden to what is basically a male assault on [Cheney], and has been from the start.”

“Any woman who would take that position under these circumstances, it’s not going to do well for them or for the party,” she  continued. “Because … your role is: smile and read the talking points. Then we like you. Then it’s OK to be a woman who smiles and reads the talking points. That’s not where you want to be. That’s not equal.”

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