One of the Left’s favorite talking points is to suggest that the GOP is leveling a “War on Women” with manufactured outrage and scare tactics like supposed slashes to women’s reproductive health benefits, moves to defund Planned Parenthood, etc. But GOP Congressional hopeful Martha McSally slapped down the phony “war on women” talking point by contrasting the “plight” of U.S. women worrying about health insurance to the actual life-threatening fears experienced by Afghan women.
In a video released Wednesday, Arizona Republican Martha McSally said, “You wanna talk about a war on women? Walk in my shoes down the streets of Kabul… where women have to be covered up… where they’re honor killed if they’ve been raped, where they can’t drive and they can’t travel without the permission of a male relative. That’s a war on women.” McSally, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is running for Arizona’s second congressional district seat (vacated by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords) against Democrat Ron Barber and Libertarian Anthony Powell.
McSally was addressing the negative ads that opponent Barber has leveled at her.
“I’m a woman warrior – I’ve been fighting for women’s rights and women’s equality my whole life,” McSally told the audience during her speech. And she’s right.
McSally was the first woman fighter pilot to fly in combat in United States history. She was also the first female to command a fighter squadron. McSally continued to break the glass ceiling for women when she successfully sued the Department of Defense in 2001 overturning the requirement that U.S. Servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia wear body-covering abaya while traveling off base.
After offering up the image of the truly oppressive culture of the Afghan women, McSally vowed to fight for the women of Arizona’s second congressional district. “When I go out and talk to women in our district and around the country, they’re concerned right now about jobs, they’re concerned about affordable health care, they’re concerned about the future of social security and Medicare for them and a good education for their kids. That’s what I’m ready to fight for.”
No one can put the fake “war on women” in context quite like McSally, who has the conviction, passion and history of activism truly fighting on behalf of U.S. women.