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Democrats denounce Broward GOP Chairman's Monica Lewinsky comment



"I think when Donald Trump debates Hillary Clinton she's going to go down like Monica Lewinsky," Broward County Republican Chairman Bob Sutton told the Washington Post.

It did not go over well.

"Mr. Sutton owes an apology to Hillary Clinton and the women of Broward County. He needs to resign. This is indicative of the open and blatant misogyny of the Republican Party in the era of Trump. There is no excuse for his behavior, and the outright contempt his comments have shown for women."---- Broward County Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch
“Without question, Mr. Sutton must apologize and resign immediately. Furthermore, Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia must end his stunning silence and condemn this obscene rhetoric. To say that these vile, sexist comments have no place in our politics would be a profound understatement.” --- Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant
“While Republican Party leaders have long pushed policies that deny women their rights, Donald Trump’s ugly, misogynistic and divisive rhetoric is now giving the GOP permission to be derogatory and hateful. The comments today from this local Republican county chairman reveal how deeply sexism and chauvinism is embedded in the Republican Party. Comments like these are insulting to all women regardless of political party and have no place in our nation’s discourse. I call on my counterpart at the RNC to join me in condemning the use of any language that seeks to belittle and degrade women. Hopefully we can at least agree on that.”  ---- Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Sutton, through the state GOP, released an apology:  "In an effort to show my enthusiasm for defeating Hillary Clinton this November, I made a statement that was both unnecessary and inappropriate. I sincerely apologize for anyone that I may have offended. I look forward to returning to talking about the issues facing our nation."

Donald Trump already has signalled his readiness to go after Bill Clinton's infidelity, and this is likely a sign of how Democrats are preparing to respond.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 12:15pm]


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