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Friday, November 8, 2013

Former State GOP Chair Kirby Wilbur Calls Women Protesters "Witches and Hags"

Posted by on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Yesterday, more than 150 women and families converged on Downtown Bellevue in a protest calling for comprehensive immigration reform. After occupying Washington State Republican Party headquarters, around 30 women were arrested, including, as has been widely reported, outgoing mayor Mike McGinn's wife, Peggy Lynch. Others arrested, according to a press release from immigrant rights group OneAmerica, were the executive directors of 21 Progress, Casa Latina, and the NW Network, SEIU Healthcare 99 Northwest's political director, and presidents of Washington Education Association and AFT Washington.

One GOP response? Just a healthy reminder that the only thing white Republican men think women are good for—especially badass, hardworking, civil-disobedience-committing women of color—is being sexually attractive to white Republican men. From former Washington State Republican Party chair Kirby Wilbur:

What a classy guy! Thankfully, others are capable of more polite responses than me, because I couldn't type enough expletives to adequately explain my feelings on the matter (Kirby, you forked-tongued goon). Washington CAN spokeswoman Rachael DeCruz says in a statement:

We're discouraged and appalled that the GOP's response to a powerful action geared towards raising awareness about a substantive issue resorted to sexist name-calling and degradation. Representatives McMorris Rodgers and Herrera-Beutler should be ashamed that this is the response that Washington women received from former GOP leadership, and should stand up and support women regardless of party or issue.

While OneAmerica founder and former director Pramila Jayapal replied directly to Wilbur's tweet:

No wonder indeed. Good luck winning that growing crusty old white male vote—that population is swelling in this country, right Kirby? (We've reached out to him for comment.)


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Gern Blanston 1
Kirby Wilbur isn't in a real strong position to criticize the physical appearance of others...…
Posted by Gern Blanston on November 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM · Report this
Dougsf 2
Christ, what an asshole.
Posted by Dougsf on November 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 3
@1- He's a man, he's in a great position to criticize any woman he wants.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on November 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
Kirby, dude, look in the friggin' mirror.
Posted by Kirby is a DOG on November 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 5
@1 Well, isn't that the pot calling the kettle a cooking implement?

Old and 100 pounds overweight: a body made for talk radio.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM · Report this
seatackled 6
What does the current state GOP chair say?
Posted by seatackled on November 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 7
Er, I refer to the picture in your link, Gern. My snark could have been structured better.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 8
Witches and hags could find a lot of use for a giant toadstool like Kirby ... in a cauldron.
Posted by Sir Vic on November 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
seatackled 9

You seemed pretty clear before.
Posted by seatackled on November 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
This is the guy that Goldy says is a nice guy:

"You might not like Kirby's politics but I guarantee you've never met a nicer guy"…
Posted by hmmmmm on November 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Olo 11
What a loss to our state's political scene. All journalists agree that no one gives such entertaining quotes as Kirby, and that's the most important criterion in a politician, after all.
Posted by Olo on November 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM · Report this
Oh lord, in my day we would only discuss how unattractive feminists and leftist womyn are in private. I blame Rush Limbaugh.
Posted by Republicans used to have class on November 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM · Report this
Wait for the claim that his account was hacked.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on November 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM · Report this

Presumably Wilbur hasn't previously shot himself in his big, fat foot before now...although being a Republican it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Also, Anna I think there's a formatting error in your post, as I'm not seeing an image or link of Wilbur's original Tweet (the one Dom posted to FB earlier today.)
Posted by COMTE on November 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM · Report this
curtisp 15
Well he's just a big fuck damn shitter isn't he.
Posted by curtisp on November 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM · Report this
@14. Yeah. People who say things like that on Twitter have no previous history of being an asshole. Clearly.
Posted by hmmmmm on November 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 17
@7 No worries. I got your point.
Posted by Gern Blanston on November 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM · Report this
Wow, he's wiccan. Who'd have thunk it. /sarcasm
Posted by lucyboots on November 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM · Report this
Few weeks ago I heard a few of my conservative coworkers discussing the fact that McGinn's wife has a different last name.

The misogyny was just _overwhelming_, over such a minor thing.

Posted by ryanmm on November 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM · Report this
Clearly he's either not looked in the mirror lately, or his mirror vision is foggy. He's truly the ugliest hag I've seen in a long time.
Posted by StuckInUtah on November 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM · Report this
chaseacross 21
Witches and Hags needs to be appropriated by lefty female activists. Imagine a bunch of costumed witches barging into GOP events in-character, a "Golden Broomstick" award for successful female activists, maybe a some viral videos, with every news clip displaying that awful quote from Kirby. The comment could hang around the WA GOP's neck for a whole election cycle if it were properly managed.
Posted by chaseacross on November 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM · Report this
Despite the insulting comments of this nut job, we must keep our focus on the prize: passing immigration reform this year that provides citizenship to millions of hardworking immigrants. If anything, Wilbur's inane sexism just shows that our fight is winning in the inner circles of the GOP and it's driving the old schoolers crazy. More actions to come. Stay vigilant. Come and support us.
Posted by sparkglobal on November 8, 2013 at 9:24 PM · Report this
Rob Ford / Kirby Wilbur / Seattleblues / Alan West...
Conservatism is a symptom of a diseased mind.
Posted by Pol Pot on November 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM · Report this
Posted by venomlash on November 9, 2013 at 5:25 AM · Report this
@22 Kirby just did immigration reform a huge tabor. Just like Westboro Baptist Church helps gay rights every time they show up. When bigots step this far over the line, progress wins.
Posted by Clayton on November 9, 2013 at 6:22 AM · Report this
Another nail in the republican coffin. One day, hopefully in my lifetime, there will be no republicans left. How can one stupid, fat politician think he can say these things and not be run out of town , tarred and feathered. In my opinion he needs a baseball bat shoved up his poop chute until his eyeballs pop out.
Posted by longwayhome on November 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM · Report this
They really don't seem to have a clue. They're going to run out of old, angry, white guys at some point.
Posted by Mark776 on November 9, 2013 at 10:16 PM · Report this
Has Mr. Wilbur "apologized" as yet?
Posted by Patricia Kayden on November 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM · Report this

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