The narrative running that has women lashing back at Republicans in the midterm elections might not hold water. In fact, you just might be talking to the wrong women – conservative ones resent the political weaponization of sexual assault allegations – The Atlantic reported Thursday.
"This whole process, to me, comes across as something that has been crassly weaponized for political purposes," 20-year CIA veteran Kathleen Hunt told The Atlantic. "That makes me furious, because I think that's taking advantage for the worst purposes of something that is real in our culture.
"Women are not a monolithic bloc. Most of us . . . [are] not going to take to the streets with pitchforks and torches . . . That said, there's a large, large percentage of us who feel very, very strongly about the way this process has played out."
Like the 2016 Trump silent majority laying beneath the polls which oversampled Democrats, women just might be ready to lash out against Democrats this November, The Atlantic's Emma Green reported.
"In interviews with roughly a dozen female conservative leaders from as many states, this was the overwhelming sentiment: These women are infuriated with the way the sexual-assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been handled," Green wrote. "They are not convinced by Ford or any other woman who has come forward.
"They resent the implication that all women should support the accusers. And they believe that this scandal will ultimately hurt the cause of women who have been sexually assaulted."
It is not just conservative retribution Green was reporting on here.
"I've got women in my church who were not politically active at all who were incensed with this," West Virginia GOP chairwoman Melody Potter told Green.
Potter's take is particularly consequential, because she is first woman to chair the GOP in that state, which also is weighing the candidacy of the potential Kavanaugh swing vote from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Democrats might have "overplayed" their hand with the "scattered and scared fragile female," Iowa RNC and state director of Concerned Women for America's Tamara Scott told The Atlantic.
"Honestly, I don't think I have ever been so angry in all of my adult life," Georgia Republican National Committee member Ginger Howard told The Atlantic. "It brings me to the point of tears, it makes me so angry.
". . . If the Republicans don't get it together and make sure that he gets in there, that's not going to help us. What makes me mad at times about our party is we don't stand up enough and say, 'Enough of your shenanigans! We're not putting up with this!'"
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