Tea Party leader Janis Lane says that women should not have been granted the right to vote because there "is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person."
According to the Daily Mail, Janis Lane is a retired marketing manager who now leads the Central Mississippi Tea Party.
The Jackson Free Press reports Lane responded to a question by its reporter: "Do you think there are too many male politicians telling women what to do with their bodies?" with the answer:
"Probably the biggest turn we ever made was when the women got the right to vote. Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how than can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I'd much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them."
Lane uttered these words despite her being a politically active woman who exercises her right to vote. But New Orleans Time-Picayune points out that Lane appears to think that because women are too emotionally unstable and therefore cannot be trusted with the franchise, she has the duty to be politically active and exercise her voting rights to "counteract the insanity that other women unleash at the polls."
The Jackson Free Press reports she said: "Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world." She continued: "It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that's 18 or over, a legal citizen, and every person that's 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C."
According to the Daily Mail, Lane made the comment in June in an interview with The Jackson Free Press, but a columnist with the New Orleans Times-Picayune picked up her comments recently saying they were proof that the Tea Party is retrogressive in its outlook.
New Orleans Picayune comments: "'Let's take this country back!' is a rallying cry for the tea party. Yep, back. As in backward."
Jezebel's Laura Beck reacts to Lane's comment that the country "would be better off if it was still just men voting":
"In something that's akin to hamsters eating their young, Lane has turned on her own kind, and is practicing a brand of self-hatred that you just don't see many people admitting to... Are the only women she knows the three witches from MacBeth? Even my own evil grandmother, who believed that the value of her house would decline when Oprah moved into the neighborhood... would think that this woman is a bigot..."
Lane also responded to a question about conservative politics and women's reproductive rights. She said:
"I do not agree with the federal government supporting killing a preborn human. A child is a child from the moment of conception.. My point is a nation should not support or condone the killing of anybody. Then you'll come around with what about capital punishment. Well, you know what, if you're on death row, you're an adult and you made a choice to be there...
Women won the right to vote in US after decades of campaign by women suffragists. The 19th Amendment that prohibits anyone to be denied the right to vote based on sex or gender, was ratified in 1920.