GOP Politician Mocks Women's March in January, Loses to Woman in November

The Republican official posted a meme to his social media page asking, “Will the women's protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?" (Image credit: Liz Lemon/Flickr)

First-time Democratic candidate Ashley Bennett says she was inspired to run for office after Republican Atlantic County freeholder John Carman mocked the DC Women's March on social media. Bennett went on to win the election Tuesday, denying Carman a second term.

Carman posted a meme on the day of the Women’s March that featured a woman in a kitchen and the message, “Will the women's protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?"

The 32-year-old hospital worker was angered by Carman's post and decided she would run against him.

“Like so many women across the state, I was offended and disgusted by Freeholder Carman’s misogynist Facebook posts,” Bennett said last month. “This kind of behavior simply cannot be tolerated any more.”

Though he initially claimed people need to "lighten up", Carman apologized a few days after the incident.

He later apologized, saying: “I made an error in judgment with a meme [I] thought was amusing and harmless. I was wrong. It is obvious to me that I have hurt many people, men and women with my insensitive post. For this, I am truly sorry.”

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