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EMILYs List Statement on Rep. Jason Lewis’ Homophobic Statements

August 9, 2018

For Immediate Release

August 8, 2018

EMILYs List Statement on Rep. Jason Lewis’ Homophobic Statements

Washington, D.C. — Today BuzzFeed News reported additional shameful remarks from Rep. Jason Lewis (MN-02) when he was a radio host, this time disparaging the LGBTQ community. CNN previously reported on misogynistic and racist statements by Lewis. Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILYs List, released the following statement:

“These new revelations show that Rep. Lewis is a hateful person with misogynistic, racist, and homophobic views. The statements unearthed today are especially personal for Angie Craig, who’s likely to make history as one of the first openly lesbian mothers elected to Congress. While Lewis continues to offend and defend his shameful past, Angie will continue proving that she’ll be a voice for all Minnesotans. EMILYs List is proud to be standing alongside this future congresswoman.”


BuzzFeed News: A Republican Lawmaker Seeking Reelection Once Compared Gay People To “Rapists” And Other Criminals

“I’ll probably get in trouble for this, but I’m still not convinced that it’s a great idea for children to grow up with two moms or two dads. […] Maybe it could harm the kid.”

CNN: GOP Rep. Jason Lewis called people on government assistance 'parasites,' said blacks on welfare 'plantation'

“Now, you've got the modern welfare state that tells black folks and Hispanic folks and poor white folks: 'Don't worry. We'll take care of you.' What is the difference? You've substituted one plantation for another.”

CNN: GOP congressman said blacks have 'entitlement mentality' and view themselves as victims

“There's a cultural problem in the African-American community that is leading to this. The entitlement mentality,” Lewis said in December 2012. “You're a victim. It's OK to hate women, beat up women. It's OK to hate gays. All this, we're just sort of feeding this to people who are very lost because of the breakdown of society to begin with.”

CNN: A GOP congressman once lamented not being able to call women 'sluts' anymore

“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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