Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers says that men need to dumb down their conversations because women aren't able to understand pie charts.
On Friday, a group of the more conservative Republican women in the U.S. House of Representatives attended an RNC Women conference focused on how to talk to women voters about Republican policies. Most of the attendees were members of the ultra-conservative Republican Study Committee, a group of 170 House Republicans who think the GOP-led House isn't tough enough on the budget and are opposed to same-sex marriage andÂ abortion for any reason. As there are only 19 women Republicans in the House, it wasn't a large meeting, which may be why the mainstream media ignored it.
Among those attending was Rep. Renee Ellmers, a two-term Congresswoman from North Carolina who made a name for herself last fall by opposing Obamacare on the cable news channels with such fervor -- and false facts -- that even her constituents took to her Facebook page to lambast her for embarrassing themÂ and their home state.
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Rep. Ellmers on Friday had a few words of advice for her Republican colleagues on "Taking Back the Future." Perhaps it's best to let the Washington Examiner'sÂ Ashe SchowÂ explain, as she did in "The Republican plan to change the 'war on women' narrative needs work."
â€œMen do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,â€ Ellmers said. â€œMany of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, theyâ€™ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and theyâ€™re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.
First sheâ€™s saying that men (perhaps only Republican men) donâ€™t know how to connect with people. Second, sheâ€™s saying people are too stupid to understand pie charts.
Ellmers then said that women mainly want more time in their lives (donâ€™t men as well?) and the first example she gave was that women wanted â€œmore time in the morning to get ready.â€
As for connecting to women specifically, Ellmers drove it home with a line that, had there been liberals in the audience, would have made the news.
â€œWe need our male colleagues to understand that if you canÂ bring it down to a womanâ€™s levelÂ and what everything that she is balancing in her life â€” thatâ€™s the way to go,â€ Ellmers said. (Emphasis added.)
Schow also noted that "the panelists agreed" with "Kim Strassel, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal who was moderating the panel" who said,Â â€œThe problem here is not necessarily conservative policy, it's our messaging."
Clearly, it's both.
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