The conservative Heritage Foundation came to Jackson last night for a shindig at Gov. Phil Bryant's mansion a block from the Jackson Free Press.
Apparently, at least one conversation happened there between a Crystal Springs, Miss., man and the former U.S. senator from South Carolina who now heads Heritage, which plays footsy with Donald Trump.
Afterward, Ford Crews, who lists himself on his Facebook page as a web developer, posted public comments about what he told DeMint at the mansion under a public post by Charles C. Johnson, a conservative and sometimes controversial journalist and pundit. Johnson had posted a FiveThirtyEight graphic showing that the vast majority of the country would go for Trump if women didn't vote, following a national trend on Twitter today to #repealthe19th (giving women the right to vote). "This would be a better world," Johnson wrote at the top.
Crews agreed, writing below: "I was at a The Heritage Foundation event at the Mississippi governors mansion, and one of the things I talked about with Jim DeMint was how we need to work to get more men out to vote, and encourage women to stay home, because of how overwhelmingly one sided women's support of regressive ideas is. Sadly when women stay home, conservatives win, when they get pissed off and go vote, they not only vote for democrats, they take their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and try to push them to vote for democrats. This whole Trump tape dump was nothing more that a way to piss women of so they go vote against Trump."
Other commenters, male and female, unloaded on women's apparent stupidity underneath that post. "[W]ish I could disagree, but after seeing some of their comments—women who don't know the difference between men trash talking among themselves and actual rape are too stupid to vote," Jennifer Verner wrote.
James Flynn advised: "If she wins if a woman wants a favor. Tell them to ask Hillary."
Then this exchange. "Without the votes of women would FDR have been elected? All the suffering liberals have inflicted on this country can be traced back to women voting liberal," Scotty Collins offered.
"I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have been, Carter, Clinton and Obama sure wouldn't have been," Crews answered.
"Women are emotional creatures and most vote with their emotions and not logically," Nancy Bennett added.
Then Craig Kerr red-baited women, and slammed us for Prohibition. "First thing women voting gave us was Prohibition. Then they moved on to cultural Marxism," he said.
"I'm a woman and I totally agree. Women are destroying the west," Zita Norte added.
Susan Klassen agreed: "The majority of women vote based on emotion, not logic, and are grossly uninformed or misinformed. They look at govt as a charity. There are of course, exceptions. I am one of them. But before I educated myself via AM talk radio, starting with Rush, I thought I was a liberal. Studying the Bible at the same time gave be a better insight into how our Constitution is based on biblical values. Now I adamantly vote Republucan (sic), and want the establishment, spineless Rhinos out. If more women would do the same, our country would be better off. Most women in Ag do the same."
Walter P. Jenkins liked the very-red map, and then took it beyond a problem with women: "Looks good, why did we ever give the vote to women and blacks?"
The post also contained calls for repeal of the 15th (gave blacks right to vote), 16th (federal taxation), 17th (electing senators by popular vote) and 19th Amendments (women right to vote) ... "NOW."
This isn't the first time we've heard conservatives in Mississippi say that women shouldn't have the right to vote. Mississippi Tea Party official Janis Lane expressed a similar sentiment in 2012 in an interview with the Jackson Free Press. She later said she didn't mean that women shouldn't have the right to vote.
"I'm really going to set you back here. Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote," Lane said then.
"Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I'd much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them."
No word on how DeMint responded to the suggestion that the women's vote be squelched.
The upshot? These conservatives may prefer that women stay home in November, but they sure don't want Prohibition to come back. On his Facebook page, Crews had this public post today: "It sucks being the designated driver to an open bar party at the governors mansion."