Tea Party Republican Todd Kincannon: Wendy Davis is a “Looker,” “Hooker,” and a “Whore”

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Last Thursday, the former Executive Director of South Carolina's Republican Party went on a “twitter rampage” against Wendy Davis, Huffington Post reports. The tweets were in response to news that Davis may have misrepresented her personal story – which has resulted in an endless barrage of sexist attacks on her character – but they were by far the most disgusting example of a Republican party that is relying on sexism and prejudice to tarnish Davis' candidacy.

Along with calling Davis a “looker,” “hooker,” and “whore,” Kincannon claims Davis has done “even more damage to modern feminism than Monica Lewinsky,” and that she gets campaign contributions by performing sexual favors for her donors.

Kincannon has told Huffington Post in the past that he tweets “inflammatory” things because he enjoys “watching people go nuts,” which is an excellent way to distance himself from any responsibility for the extremely disgusting tweets sent out last week about Wendy Davis.


Even if Kincannon posted all of these tweets to rile up the twitterverse, the overt sexism blasting from his twitter account is one and the same as the misogynist focus on Davis' personal past over the last week – despite her daughters speaking out and refuting claims from Republicans about the quality of their relationship with their mother. As Jessica Luther pointed out in her article for The Guardian, the attacks on Davis are “political sexism at its worst.”

Though the explicit sexism and downright meanness of Kincannon's tweets are certainly upsetting, his criticisms at least make the prejudice easy to spot. More insidious are those who claim not to be policing Davis based on gender, but on the “facts” about her personal story, because the sexism is a little harder to see. As a strong woman running for the highest political office in Texas, Davis' mere existence is enough to get those who aren't ready to see another woman in the governor's seat riled up. One thing is clear: this isn't the first or the last time Davis will face sexist attacks against her candidacy.  

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Genevieve Cato

Genevieve Cato is a feminist activist and a native Texan. While not writing for the Burnt Orange Report, she can be found working for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, serving as a community member of the Communications Committee for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, and drinking copious amounts of pretentious local craft beers.

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