Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn encouraged conservative women to step forward to engage in the culture war, saying she believes they have been stifled by a news media that consciously ignores them.
“This is the time for conservative women to step up, and take their place in leadership,” Blackburn said on The Federalist Radio Hour podcast. “Because we have seen this culture war grow and grow, and conservative women have been pushed to the side and have been treated like fourth-class citizens by the mainstream press.
“Why is it if you’re pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, pro-military, they shun you and they will glorify and glamorize liberal women?”
Blackburn, 68, a first-term senator elected in 2018 whose book “The Mind of a Conservative Woman: Seeking the Best for Family and Country” is due to be published Sept. 1, says conservative women aren’t bitter.
“This isn’t a bra-burning, man-hating, children-resenting, bitter-edged approach to life and politics,” Blackburn writes in her book. “No, good women love life, love their men and are lovingly devoted to their children. They also love their bras.”
Blackburn urged her fellow women conservatives to be more outspoken, lamenting that they feel a compulsion to remain silent.
“Here’s the thing, when you talk to women, they will tell you they’re not Democrat or Republican,” she said to The Federalist. “Few women say that they are partisan. But what will they tell you? They look at the issues. They make up their mind about where they are on the issues, and right now they can’t even have a discussion with some people. They have to keep themselves quiet.”
She decried the treatment of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who along with his wife had to be escorted by police from the White House Thursday night after President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech of the Republican nomination for president to protect them from what he called a “crazed mob” which attacked officers to get to him.
“These are anarchists; they’re revolutionaries; I think it’s fair to say they have really overtaken much of the Democratic Party’s agenda,” Blackburn said. “(Sen.) Bernie (Sanders) takes credit for the movement, as he calls it, their agenda, which was considered radical, but is now the Democrat agenda: socialized medicine, not calling out the rioters and looters, the ‘green new deal,’ opening the borders. And people are really tired of this anarchy that is in the streets. They want safe and secure communities. They want their children to be safe.”
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