On Wednesday, Donald Trump, fighting to defend himself on women's issues on multiple fronts, managed to out-do himself in the "World's Greatest Misogynist" category. In a MSNBC town hall, the Republican frontrunner called for “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions if the procedure becomes outlawed in the U.S. Prior to this idiocy, and the Twitter shenanigans of “Wifegate,” a poll by CNN revealed some pretty damning numbers of female voter's views towards Trump. According to the data, 73 percent of women in America — both Republicans and Democrats — said they disapprove of the billionaire.
In any case, we knew Trump was sexist — remember, Megyn Kelly bleeding “out of her wherever” — so what about the other Republican candidates, Cruz and Kasich? We wouldn’t want them missing out on the chauvinist train.
Here are the five most sexist quotes and positions from each candidate, minus Trump:
- Gov. John Kasich famously remarked “Do you not have the skills to be able to compete?” when asked about the U.S Census Bureau figures, which found women on average make 78 cents to the dollar made by men. Ignoring both that women are equally trained and educated as men, yet still earn less due to gender inequality, Kasich insisted “a lot of it is based on experience.”
- At the University of Richmond in October, when questioned by a female student who was nearly jumping out of her seat to get noticed, Kasich said with a laugh, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any Taylor Swift tickets.” Kasich also later told another female student, “I’m sure you get invited to all of the parties.”
- In February, Kasich made a charmingly sexist remark when he said that women “left their kitchens” to help campaign for him in his early political career.
- Earlier this year Kasich signed a bill in his home state of Ohio essentially defunding Planned Parenthood. The legislation will prevent more than $1 million in funding from the state health department from going to fund programs such as HIV testing, health screenings and abortions.
- Speaking in Ohio in 2012, Kasich, in a weird attempt to express his gratitude toward the spouses of Republican candidates, mentioned that Romney and Ryan’s wives “are at home doing the laundry.”
- While a member of the debate team at Princeton University, Cruz proposed a way to prevent women from cheating on their husbands by stating God should "give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a different guy, because that will be a 'visible sign' of the breach of trust." Because women's vaginas need to be kept tabs on.
- In January, Cruz proposed Hillary Clinton "be spanked" over the Benghazi scandal. The former senator was recorded as saying, "In my house, if my daughter, Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something that she knows to be false, she gets a spanking." This was metaphor to state how voters should treat Hillary Clinton "Well, in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking."
- In response to the Pentagon opening combat roles to women, Cruz said he did not believe women should participate in the draft. "The idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain't doing it.
- In 2014, during a speech for the anti-abortion group The Susan B. Anthony List, Cruz evoked anger among women as he claimed pro-abortion protesters were chanting "Hail, Satan" to silence their "enemies."
- At a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa Cruz joked the Texas Longhorns looked like "a girls' junior high team." While Cruz was apparently kidding,"playing like a girl" is one of the most tired hyperboles in sports. One that even President Obama spoke out against, stating playing like a girl "means you're a badass" when meeting with the U.S. women's soccer team.