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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus talked himself into some trouble this morning after accusing the media of creating a fake gender war and comparing it to a “war on caterpillars.””If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Priebus said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” set to air this weekend. “It’s a fiction.”
Priebus appeared on the show with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and the pair debated gender issues, including contraception and requiring women to undergo ultrasounds before getting an abortion.
While Priebus blamed the media for blowing the debate out of proportion, Wasserman Schultz took the opportunity to blast Republicans for their stance on several of these issues.
“The jury of women across America have ruled that the Republicans have been unbelievably extreme and out of touch and hyper-focused on cultural issues,” Wasserman Schultz said on Bloomberg.
Already, Preibus’ comments have generated a bit of media storm this morning. Here’s a tweet from Obama’s senior strategist David Axelrod:
RNC spokesman Sean Spicer responded in an email to Politico. “From hope to faux caterpillar outrage. Oh how far the mighty have fallen,” he wrote, including a link to an article in The Hill about women struggling in the job market.
Meanwhile, the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein had some fun tweeting out this with a link to the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Caterpillars”
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