NY Dem Candidate Insults Female GOP Opponent, Calling Her 'Little Girl'

Hey, we found the war on women!

Hey, feminists, look over here!

Republican Elise Stefanik, Congresswoman from New York, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress which, in a Democrat, would probably be seen as an achievement. Her Democrat challenger Steve Kreig, a Plattsburg City School Board Member, used this to belittle her in a recent political panel in which the misogyny was on full display.

KREIG: “I have been accused of being a sexist for calling Elise a little girl, and I probably deserved to be called a sexist. I think most of us, if we admit it, have some sexist in us, some of the racist in us. It’s something if we are decent people, we recognize in ourselves and we struggle with it all of our lives.”

KRIEG: “But Elise, I recognize her—I'm not going to say a little girl. I recognize her as a child, and it has nothing to do with her age. I see her as a child because she’s a child. She thinks like a child. She has people set things up for her. She has people put their words in her mouth and she happily repeats them. And I think recognizing her, I would go after her in that way. And I apologize if that’s mean, but that’s how I would do it.”

He isn't even sorry. Local news outlet The Sun asked Krieg to clarify his statements, and he responded "I seem to have gotten Rep. Stefanik's attention. Maybe now she will explain why she voted for the (Affordable Health Care Act)." 

Stefankik's camp, meanwhile, has a good question. "As families across the 21st District learn of these inexcusably inappropriate remarks that now now apalled a national audience," said campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar, "they will ask themselves two questions: why are the national Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and local Democrats in the 21st district silent in the face of such sexist statements."

Why, indeed? Odd -- it's almost as though feminists give Democrats a pass.

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