Greg Abbott. He knows how to condescend to the lady types. He’s been mansplaining to them that they don’t need any equal protection law because there are already four such laws! He said that there are “four laws that are already in place to protect women in Texas.” Greedy ladies.
But then it came out that Republican Greg Abbott, the current Attorney General of Texas, runs an office in which there were systemic disparities in pay for the same job, with the same experience, between men and women. The men were earning more.
Greg tried to deny this, and after his surrogates claimed women were too busy to care about getting totally screwed financially for no reason other than their gender, Abbott tried the tender “I”m a dad and a husband so naturally I care about the ladies” bit.
But still. FACTS. Abbott’s office is full of women being paid less than men for the same work.
So which of these four laws is Greg Abbott breaking? Inquiring minds like the savvy Wendy Davis campaign want to know. So they made a handy video of the facts, calling out Greg Abbott to explain himself.
He’s such a great mansplainer, surely he can explain this. He should tell us silly girls which four laws he’s breaking, or else someone’s going to have to investigate him.
Oopsie, looks like the Republican Party is already considering this path, as they begin to flee from the fail.
Jason Easley broke it down this morning for Politicus:
The Republican candidate to be the next governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has found himself in hot water after the Wendy Davis campaign pounced on him for his refusal to say whether or not he would veto the state’s equal pay bill . Texas Republicans managed to make things even worse by claiming that women earn less than men because they are, “bad negotiators.” Things got even worse for Abbott when a study found that his attorney general’s office pays women less than men. As the equal pay controversy was catching fire, a new poll was released that showed support for Wendy Davis surging.
Maybe Mr. Abbott needs to stop disrespecting the gender to which he owes his existence and start explaining which four laws he’s violating. Or perhaps he’s violating all four.
On the bright side, we finally have an explanation for why Republicans are against giving women the right to seek remedy further than 180 days past their first pay check. They call women bad negotiators but in truth, these Republicans are perpetuating egregious pay gaps even within a government office, where this is more difficult to pull off.
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