GOP Lawmaker Who Likes Calling Women “Sl*ts” Loses Race To Woman

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Republican Jason Lewis wishes he could still call women "sluts." He lost his reelection bid to Democrat Angie Craig.

Rep. Jason Lewis, the Minnesota Republican who once lamented that it’s no longer acceptable to call women “sluts”, lost his reelection bid on Tuesday to Democrat Angie Craig.

Via CNN:

> Craig won by more than 5 percentage points in the race which CNN rated a "toss up." The one-on-one race was a rematch of 2016, when Lewis narrowly beat Craig. Both sides saw the district as a key battleground, with the National Republican Congressional Committee releasing a targeted ad in September attacking Craig, a former healthcare executive, for corruption.

> In July, CNN's KFILE reported on several misogynistic comments made by Lewis on the "Jason Lewis Show," a radio program he hosted from 2009 to 2014 with the tagline "America's Mr. Right."

In 2012, after right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh called women's rights activists and then-graduate student Sandra Fluke a "slut", Lewis could not get over the idea that the term is not longer acceptable.

> "Well, the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question. Take this woman out of it, take Rush out of it for a moment," Lewis said in a March 2012 episode. "Does a woman now have the right to behave -- and I know there's a double standard between the way men chase women and running and running around -- you know, I'm not going to get there, but you know what I'm talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can't call her a slut?"

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