Maine GOP Leader Makes Sexist Remarks, Implying A ‘Man’s Brain’ Makes Him A More Rational Being (VIDEO)

The Republican 'war on women' appears now to extend to their brains, which one congressman asserts are not as equipped as a man's brain to reject free stuff.; image@TheSmokingJacket

The Republican ‘war on women’ appears now to extend to their brains, which one congressman asserts are not as equipped as a man’s brain to reject free stuff.; image @TheSmokingJacket

Maine’s top Republican State Representative, Ken Fredette, thinks his male brain makes him a more rational being.

How’s that? Well, this week, the Maine House of Representatives debates whether or not to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state. Offended by this free federal money, Fredette took the the floor and made clear his thoughts on the matter:

“As I listen to the debate today and earlier debate on this bill, I can’t help but think of a title of a book, ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.’ And it’s a book about the fact that men sort of think one way in their own brain, in their own world. And women think another way in their own brain and in their own world. And it really talks about the way that men and women can do a better job at communicating. Because if you listen to the debate today, in my mind — a man’s mind — I hear two fundamental issues. From the other side of the aisle, I hear the conversation being about free. ‘This is free, we need to take it, and it’s free. And we need to do it now.’ And that’s the fundamental message that my brain receives. Now, my brain, being a man’s brain, sort of thinks differently, because I say, well, it’s not — if it’s free, is it really free? Because I say, in my brain, there’s a cost to this.”

Here’s the video:

Thank goodness there was a man around to use his obviously more rational and reasonable brain to come to the decision that accepting funds that will save money and expand healthcare is a bad idea! But his remarks go further than sexism. According to the Maine People’s Alliance Health Care Organizer, Jennie Pirkl:

“This isn’t about women and men; it’s about life and death. Fredette would probably say that I only think this way because of my ‘woman’s brain,’ but I find it incredibly distasteful for him to use offensive, gender-based stereotypes to advance his anti-health care agenda. What’s more, he’s lying about the bill. Even the conservative Heritage Foundation admits that accepting federal health care funding will save the state $690 million over the next decade while providing health care coverage for 70,000 more Maine people.”

Looks like that “man’s brain” wasn’t so rational and reasonable after all. While the majority of his fellow representatives think differently regarding the merits of the bill, it seems that without reaching a magic majority, the bill is doomed to be vetoed by the Republican governor of Maine, and fellow owner of a “man’s brain,” Paul LePage.