Republicans continue to show how out of touch they are with women’s issues and it is a sad commentary. The latest Republican to trivialize a women’s issue, in the tradition of Richard Mourdock, is New Hampshire Rep. Mark Warden, who said some people may like being in abusive relationships and that they are free to leave at any time.
Um, case in point, Elizabeth Wilson was stabbed to death by her boyfriend Peter Daniels in Niagara Falls. She had reportedly complained of being afraid of Daniels. So, no, Rep. Mark Warden, it isn’t as easy as you think to walk away. Rep. Mark Warden made the insensitive comments Tuesday during a debate on a bill to reduce the penalty for simple assault in some cases, the Concord Monitor reports.
“Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her,” said Rep. Mark Warden, a Republican who represents Deering, Goffstown and Weare, during a meeting of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, according to a video provided by Granite State Progress, a liberal advocacy group.
According to the video, Warden added, “Is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I’d say no. People are always free to leave.” Source
Amazing. Another politician dismissing being in an abusive relationship as no big deal. Absolutely despicable. Why make the comment only to apologize? Rep. Mark Warden apologized Wednesday saying, “It was never my intention to minimize the trauma of domestic abuse or in any way demean the victims. I find violence abhorrent.” Um, that’s not what you said yesterday bruh!