A Democratic candidate for Congress made a grossly sexist and infantilizing statement on Wednesday night about Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
Steve Krieg, a member of a local school board in New York state, is challenging Rep. Stefanik next year for her House seat. As first reported by Politico, Krieg disparaged Rep. Stefanik during a forum last night after asserting that he has been accused of being a sexist.
“I have been accused of being a sexist for calling Elise a ‘little girl,'” Krieg said. “And I probably deserve to be called a sexist. I think most of us if we admit it have some some of sexist in us, have some of the racist in us. It’s something if we’re decent people we recognize in ourselves and we struggle with it all of our lives.”
“But Elise, I recognize her as–I’m not going to say a little girl–I recognize her as a child. And it has nothing to do with her age,” Krieg continued. “I see her as a child because she’s a child. She thinks like a child. She has people set things up for her, she has people put their words in her mouth and she happily repeats them. And I think recognizing her, I would go after her in that way. And I apologize if that’s mean but that’s how I would do it.”