Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer managed Sunday to alienate an enormous swath of humanity with a jaw-dropping attack, calling abortion rights “Chinese genocide.”
He blasted Democrats on Fox News for voting to guard reproductive rights, which he known as the “Chinese genocide bill.”
Emmer falsely claimed the bill would have “allowed abortion as much as moments before a toddler takes its first breath.”
In a 219-210 vote, the House voted in July to revive abortion rights nationwide after the Supreme Court threw out Roe v. Wade protections that had been in place for half a century. There was nothing within the bill about allowing abortions “as much as moments” before a toddler’s first breath.
The bill didn’t have the votes to advance within the Senate.
It’s unclear what Emmer meant by “Chinese genocide” — apparently China’s long-time requirement that couples only have one child due to limited resources. That policy isn’t any longer in effect.
Emmer pulled out his racist and sexist card when he was asked by Fox News host Mike Emmanuel why so many Republicans campaigning for office gave the impression to be trying to wash their history of attacks on abortion rights, fearing voter backlash.
“I trust our candidates to know their districts and understand how they’re going to appeal to their voters, to the voters which are going to prove in November and elect them to the subsequent Congress,” Emmer responded.
He added: “If Democrats have the desire to make abortion the principal issue when every poll we’ve seen says that the economy and the fee of living is the primary issue, good luck to them attempting to defend their extreme position.”
In reality, abortion rights have turn into an impressively powerful issue.
Deep red Kansas voted overwhelmingly early last month to maintain abortion rights within the state structure. Elsewhere, pro-choice candidates have grabbed unexpected primary wins. Democrat Pat Ryan, a champion of reproductive rights, won a special election for Congress in upstate Recent York last month that had been fiercely targeted by Republicans.
Some at the moment are predicting a “Roe wave” within the midterms versus a previously touted “red wave.”