GOP Congressional Candidate Says US Suffers From Women’s Suffrage, Praises Organization Trying To Repeal 19th Amendment

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John Gibbs, who in the primary election defeated a Republican incumbent who had voted to impeach Trump, also made comments in the early 2000s praising an organization that sought to repeal the 19th Amendment, which also argued for , that women’s suffrage had turned the United States into a “totalitarian state .”

As a student at Stanford University in the early 2000s, Gibbs founded a self-described “think tank” the Society for Critique of Feminism called it women argued did not “possess (sic) the qualities necessary to rule,” and said that men were smarter than women because they are more likely to “think logically about broad and abstract ideas in order to derive an appropriate conclusion without rely on emotional reasoning.”

The Society for the Critique of Feminism, which hosted Gibbs’ personal site at Stanford in 2000 and 2001, argued for a patriarchal society run by men, calling it “the best model for a society’s continued success.”

Anne Marie Schieber, a spokeswoman for Gibbs’ campaign, told CNN that Gibbs believed women should be allowed to vote and work.

“John created the site to provoke the left on campus and to call attention to the hypocrisy of some modern feminists. It was nothing more than an over the top college kid,” she said in an email. “Of course John doesn’t think women shouldn’t vote or shouldn’t work, and his mother worked for thirty-three years for the Michigan Department of Transportation!”

Gibbs requested that the think tank’s website be removed from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine in 2016, according to an Internet Archive spokesperson. But CNN’s KFile reported it on another filing service.

On the site, Gibbs actively argued against women being given the right to vote, saying it led to an expanded federal government.

“Some argue that in a democratic society it is hypocritical or unfair for women, who are 50% of the population, not to have the right to vote,” Gibbs’ website Read. “That’s obviously not true, since the founders, who understood freedom and democracy better than anyone else, didn’t think so. Additionally, all people under the age of 18 can’t vote, even though they also make up a significant portion of the population. So we can’t say, that women should be able to vote, simply because they are a large part of the population.’

“We conclude that increasing the size and scope of government is unequivocally bad,” Gibbs added. “And since woman suffrage has caused this to happen on a greater scale than any other cause in history, we conclude that the United States has suffered as a result of woman suffrage.”

The Society for Feminism Critique was quoted by others anti-feminist websitesincluding on anti-feminist and conspiracy website Father’s Manifesto. The Father’s Manifestowhich was run by the Christian Party, had one petition for annulment the 19th amendment. Gibbs praised the organization twice in comments hosted on their website and linked to them from his own website.
“A great website that, among other things, details the unconstitutional laws passed as a result of the 19th Amendment and provides further evidence of the harms caused by the 19th Amendment: The 19th Amendment and the Totalitarian StateGibbs said, connects to their website.
Speaking earlier this month with stanford review, the university’s conservative student newspaper, Gibbs said his time at Stanford was formative of his faith.

“When I came to Stanford, I got to know some conservatives there through the Stanford Review,” Gibbs said. “Having actual conservative friends in the flesh — which I didn’t have in high school, I just kind of had the reading — made a big difference. Being able to have people I could be friends with who could sharpen me and my conservatism. So, yeah, that was it—discovering Thomas Sowell in high school and continuing to build on the ideas at Stanford through the friends I had.”

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Gibbs beat rep. Peter Meijer to win the GOP nomination for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, primarily the incumbent congressman who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump for his actions surrounding the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol. Gibbs now faces Democrat Hillary Scholten at the general election.

Gibbs is a former Trump administration official who served in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and was later nominated to be director of the Office of Personnel Management.

CNN’s KFile previously reported that Gibbs’ history of conspiratorial and inflammatory tweets included baselessly accusing Democrats of participating in satanic rituals and defending a notorious anti-Semitic troll banned by Twitter. His nomination for OPM director was never voted out of committee and was eventually returned to the President with the start of the new Congress in 2021.

Argued against women in the workplace

A section of Gibbs’ website said more women in workplaces are “stressing out” men by preventing them from making offensive jokes and leading to “unbuttery” (sic) sexual harassment lawsuits.

“In the post-feminist workplace, men must bend over backwards to make sure they don’t inadvertently offend any woman who happens to hear a joke or comment uttered in humor and harmlessness,” the website read. “Several sexual harassment laws are being enacted, spawning a barrage of sexual harassment lawsuits of ridiculous proportions, wasting the time and energy of the courts and the legal system, and taxpayer dollars.”

Gibbs’ website also said that more women in the workplace affected chemistry and led to less qualified employees.

“Companies need to make a concerted effort to hire and promote women who may or may not be on par with their male counterparts,” he said. “Furthermore, the chemistry of having women in a masculine environment can reduce business cohesion and productivity from what it might otherwise have been (this is especially true of the military, though by no means limited to it). Needless to say all these things . subtract from a team’s effort to produce efficiently.”

“Therefore, since the increased presence of women in the workplace does not benefit men, women or business operations, there is no factual basis to claim that having more women in the workplace is better,” he concluded.

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