‘Equality is more than just electing Joni Ernst’
Katie Porter, the Democratic congresswoman vying for U.S. Senate in California, boldly stated that Republican women should not be considered as women when it comes to achieving gender equality in Congress.
“To me, equality is more than just electing Joni Ernst,” the Democrat expressed to the Washington Post, referring to the female GOP senator from Iowa. “Like, that’s not helping.”
Ironically, Porter seems to be advocating for equality in Congress while simultaneously attempting to hinder the chances of a black woman being elected to the Senate. Her opponent in the Democratic primary, Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), would make history as the first African American to represent California in the upper chamber.
Nevertheless, Porter persists in challenging Lee’s groundbreaking candidacy. She seemingly believes that what the Senate truly needs is yet another privileged white liberal, whose prestigious education—Phillips Academy, Yale University, Harvard Law—costs more than the average American home.
For context, Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) has a public school education, which makes her a symbol of diversity in the Senate. Ernst has also never faced accusations from multiple former aides of fostering a toxic work environment, unlike Porter. One of her former staff members told the Post that Porter was “completely unfit” to be a senator.
What was the controversy surrounding Katie Porter’s remarks about Republican women not counting as women?
Rnia/democrat-katie-porter-says-republican-women-dont-count-as-women/”>from California, recently sparked controversy with her remarks suggesting that Republican women do not count as women. During a recent interview, Porter expressed her belief that true equality goes beyond simply electing female politicians from different parties.