GOP State Rep Posts Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke on Facebook

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New Hampshire State Representative Kyle Tasker is not doing the Republican Party any favors.  The GOP is trying to extricate itself from the shadow cast over it in 2012, when U.S. Senate candidates Todd Akin (MO) and Richard Mourdouck (IN) articulated misogynistic views towards rape that cost the party two key Senate seats. The Republican Party leadership continues to insist there is no war on women. However, the party’s indifference to sexual assault and domestic violence continues to haunt them each election cycle. New Hampshire State Representative Kyle Tasker seems to have missed out on the re-branding efforts of the party after he posted an explicit image on his Facebook page that makes light of domestic violence in a most offensive manner.

Tasker (R-Nottingham) posted an explicit graphic showing a male figure performing oral sex on a female figure, with the caption “50,000 battered women and I still eat mine plain” beneath it. The New Hampshire based Miscellany Blue web site captured a screen shot of the image. Tasker sent it to a fellow GOP lawmaker, Rep. Mark Warden (R-Goffstown), who came under fire last year for arguing that “a lot of people like being in abusive relationships”. No wonder it proves so difficult to get Republican lawmakers to sign onto to sensible legislation to prevent domestic violence. One need to only look at who is being elected to represent the GOP in state legislatures to see that the Republican Party still has a problem dealing with women’s issues in a respectful manner.

Tasker is not just careless with his Facebook page. The tea party affiliated lawmaker made news in 2012 when he fumbled one of the two loaded .45 caliber pistols he had on him, onto the State House floor during a criminal justice committee meeting. He brushed off the incident saying:

All I could think of was, it was bound to happen one of these days, I come here too often for that not to have happened.

In similar fashion, he was dismissive of the suggestion that his post joking about domestic violence was offensive. When asked if he thought the image might be inappropriate he responded:

Nah. I ran it by the [domestic violence] lobbyist she laughed. Now if we went around wearing the T-shirt that wouldn’t go over well.

Well, Kyle Tasker may think the joke is funny, but his constituents hopefully will not. The Republican Party needs to purge misogynist lawmakers from their ranks or be held accountable for their behavior. Representative Tasker’s misogynistic views should not be tolerated by the voters of New Hampshire. There is nothing funny about domestic violence. Elected officials who consider battered women punchlines for tasteless jokes should be removed from office, and replaced with more thoughtful and sensitive representatives who respect women.

18 Replies to “GOP State Rep Posts Tasteless Domestic Violence Joke on Facebook”

  1. You would think they would get tired of sticking their feet in their mouths. Maybe it is a right wing conspiracy to intentionally lose elections. Maybe the lobbyist was laughing knowing he was going to look like an asshat once his post went public. Maybe they dont know what “social” media means.

  2. Another Teapublican idiot with an IQ to low to figure out that those sort of jokes are NOT acceptable. I hope the female voters take notice and vote accordingly. Is Nugent his idol also? And taxpayers pay his salary.

  3. I live in NH. Not in his district, happy to say. he has a reputation of being a total jerk. I guess that reputation is well-deserved.

  4. There is going to be a election. Here we go again. The GOP clown parade is marching along and singing their crazy songs.

  5. Don’t allow any more of these GOP, evil, sick-minded, circus clown, fools to set up their tents and perform in any of our U.S. Government Offices. No more clowns allowed. We have had enough. In my opinion.

  6. This is sickening, but far from being surprising. It’s as though Republicans are determined to double down on stupid after learning that they just did or said something stupid that is guaranteed to cost them elections. However, I simply believe that misogyny, like racism and other bigotries, is an inextricable element of far right ideology.

  7. The mantra of the misogynistic male muttonheads within the conservative movement:
    “Rape ’em if they can’t take a joke!”

  8. There are many people who enjoy being in abusive relationships: the abusers. The victims do not! It’s yet another incident of willful stupidity by a tea bag.

    What did the tea ever do to be associated with these clowns? It’s slanderous to tea!)

  9. The gross pig could be limpmans son . Clearly these fat hate fill misogynist are so arrogant and ignorant they feel that its ok to show how much they hate women.

  10. And yet with all of this PROOF of how the Reich Wing feels towards women in general the Reich Wing still spews that it’s the Democrats that abuse women.I’m counting on women to stand up against this kind of ideology when it comes to mid terms.

  11. I think she is an imaginary person. Or maybe he knows a lobbyist who is arguing FOR domestic violence??

  12. You are right. It is still a 100 dollars more than he is worth. But look at all the free advertising he just got.(Even though it is not the right kind.)

  13. This who and what the republican male is, in an elected official position or not. These guys keep getting elected because of what they really truly are. The male electorate of the republican party can say all they want, that this is not how they really feel, but these people are who they keep electing. The male members of the republican party are who they elect.

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