Vance’s “Personal Culture War” Is With Women
August 26, 2022
Columbus, OH – Two new reports highlight how J.D. Vance’s “personal culture war” is with women – an ongoing struggle throughout his campaign, thanks to his extreme views on divorce, same-sex marriage, abortion, as well as his comments railing against “childless cat ladies” and women in the workplace as a whole.
A new Mother Jones report highlights how Vance went on a podcast hosted by a man who said “feminists need rape.” It shows the kind of company Vance keeps – just like a recent tweet from one of his super PAC cronies telling a Tim Ryan staffer she should strongly consider “finding someone who can make you a stay at home mom.”
Vance’s first ad of the general election also underscored the challenges he faces with women – enlisting his wife Usha to talk about his biography while only having Vance himself speaking during the legally-required disclosure at the end of the ad, which political analyst Kyle Kondik noted “appears to be an effort to improve Vance’s image with women, which supposedly is in need of boosting.”
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Cincinnati Enquirer: In Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, J.D. Vance declares war on behalf of nuclear family
August 25, 2022
- “This is one of the great tricks that I think the sexual revolution pulled on the American populace, which is this idea that like, well, OK, these marriages were fundamentally, you know, they were maybe even violent, but certainly they were unhappy,” Vance said. “And so, getting rid of them and making it easier for people to shift spouses like they change their underwear, that’s going to make people happy over the long term. And maybe it worked out for the moms and dads, though I’m skeptical, but it really didn’t work out for the kids of those marriages.”
- Critics say Vance’s comments, first reported by Vice News, show that he believes people should stay in violent marriages for the sake of their children. Vance contends news outlets and the campaign of his Democratic Senate opponent U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan twisted his words and called it a “disgusting” attack on someone who’s witnessed domestic abuse.
- Still, Vance is undeniably against divorce. And his personal culture war doesn’t stop there: He opposes abortion except when it’s necessary to save the pregnant person’s life. He told a Catholic magazine he wants to ban pornography. He’s against same-sex marriage and said he would not support federal legislation to codify marriage equality. He cast Democratic leaders as “childless cat ladies” who don’t have a true stake in the country’s future.
August 25, 2022
- J.D. Vance, the Republican nominee for Senate in Ohio, is typically described as the bestselling author of Hillbilly Elegy, a venture capitalist, and a Never Trumper who came to embrace Donald Trump. But that snapshot doesn’t do justice to Vance, a reactionary extremist who yearns to destroy what he calls the “American leadership class” and to implement an extensive and possibly illegal program to cleanse US society of liberal influence. He compares this project to the de-Nazification of Germany following World War II. Last September, Vance outlined this message of revolutionary conservatism on a podcast hosted by a rightwing activist and self-styled masculinity champion who once declared, “Feminists need rape.” During the interview, Vance called for returning Trump to the White House in 2024 so Trump could fire every top and mid-level federal government employee to “deconstruct the administrative state,” and he noted that Trump should even defy the law, if necessary, to mount such a purge.
- The show’s host was Jack Murphy, who runs a secretive men’s organization that claims all major American institutions—universities, the media, the government, unions, professional organizations, nonprofits, and corporations—have been “infiltrated, corrupted, demoralized” and aim to “control you forever.” For years, Murphy has railed against feminism, wokeness, and other conservative bête noires. In a blog post written in 2015 and subsequently deleted, he asserted, “Feminists need rape… It is our duty as men to save feminists from themselves. Therefore, I am offering rape to feminists as an olive branch.”
- The Vance campaign declined to comment on his interview with Murphy or to answer questions about his call for instituting a de-Nazification-like program in the United States. Murphy declined to comment on his blog post referring to feminists and rape.