Republican deputy Jason Lewis during an April interview. (1
9659002) Republican MP Jason Lewis, before serving on a radio program, made bigoted remarks about women and wondered why calling them "sluts" was unacceptable, according to a recently unearthed note released Wednesday.
The footage, released by CNN came as Lewis's reelection in a Minnesota congressional district near Minneapolis, which many believe to be in the game for Democrats in the center.
Some followed by Lewis's remarks The uproar following conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, then a Georgetown Law student, in the hope to testify before Congress how her birth control health plan did not pay "a slut" in February 2012 would.
Lewis spoke out against the outcry on the syndicated show he hosted next month.
"The thing is, can we call anyone a slut? That's the question," Lewis said. "But it used to be that women were kept a bit higher, we needed modesty from women, are we now beyond those days when a woman can behave like a slut, but you can not call her a slut?"  Lewis also defended Limbaugh and explained what he said was the host's argument.
"Now Limbaugh's argument was that if you demand that taxpayers pay for your contraception, you have to use many of them, and therefore, you are very sexually active and in old times, as we are used to calling people in At college or even in graduate school, who were sexually active, we called them sluts, "said Lewis. "Especially if you want someone to pay for it."
Yet he admitted that Limbaugh's remarks were a "stretch," an "aspect of the entertainment radio," and then wondered why anyone could not call themselves Madonna "as a slut" without the fear of being sued.
"How did we call these people 30 years ago, 40 years ago, 50 years ago?" He said. "That's not possible today, that's politically incorrect."
CNN reported that it had 15-month audio recordings of Lewis' approximately five years of airtime following the acquisition of material by Michael Brodkorb, a former official of the Republican Party in Minnesota, who reviewed in a column in February 2016 for the Star Tribune wrote some remarks from Lewis.
Lewis, who represents a district that the Washington Post describes as one of the 10 most competitive in the country, was trying to distract a critic from his comments on his Democratic opponent Angie Craig.
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"All this has been negotiated before, and as Congressman Lewis has said time and again, his job was to be provocative on the radio," campaigner Becky Amery said in a statement.
Lewis's remarks have attracted much attention. In the run-up to the 2016 elections, the Atlantic called it "Minnesota's Mini-Trump" and noted its story of arson over race and gender.
On another show aired in the months leading up to the 2012 election For CNN, Lewis speculated that President Barack Obama was favored by women because some women were "guided by feelings, not reason."
"To the extent that Republicans or Conservatives or Mitt Romney have a problem with women, maybe Mitt Romney or his positions is not Mitt Romney or maybe it's women," said Lewis. "We all know women choose more liberally than men, it's the women who are guided by more emotion than reason." Oh, here we go, stereotyping, stereotyping women again. What do you do? "Well, I'm not running for anything, I'm just making an observation."
He added that "officials should persuade women to get on the right side." They do not go on their side.
Jason Lewis' attitude to the women in his district and this country is unbelievably insulting and among all members of the US Congress, "said Fluke CNN in a statement. "The Americans stood with me and rejected such uncivilized and degrading attacks on public figures in 2012. Since then, the brave women of the #Metoo movement have reminded us all that pejorative women like" slut "and" parasite "insult us "It's an attempt to silence them by getting up and fighting for comprehensive health care they can afford."
On Thursday, Emily's List, the political group running for the election of Democratic women, resorted to Lewis' quick remarks on and over, Jason Lewis has shown us how little he respects or understands women, "spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said in a statement. "In November, women – and all our allies – have a chance to return the favor by sending him home and replacing him with Angie Craig."
Craig lost only two percentage points to Lewis in 2016 over Lewis.
Elise Viebeck contributed to this report.
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