Mississippi Republican schooled for refusing to talk to female reporter unless she has male chaperone

Robert Foster

Mississippi GOP state Rep. Robert Foster, who is running for governor of the state, is the subject of mockery and ridicule this week after he refused to talk to a female reporter because she did not have a male chaperone.

Conservative evangelical men are generally hostile towards women and blame them for their own inability to control themselves. As such, when a female reporter sought to interview Foster this week, he refused.

According to the New York Times:

The reporter, Larrison Campbell of the news site Mississippi Today, wrote in an article published on Tuesday night that Mr. Foster’s campaign manager, Colton Robison, had told her that a male colleague would need to accompany her for a “ride-along” on a 15-hour campaign trip around the state.

Mr. Robison said that the campaign “believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair,” Ms. Campbell wrote.

Foster invoked what is known in conservative “Christian” circles as the “Billy Graham rule”, a ridiculous imaginary rule that forbids men from being alone with a woman who is not his wife. Vice-President Mike Pence even follows this practice, which is discriminatory against women while giving men some kind of pass to treat them like it’s the 19th century.

In response to criticism, Foster whined.

And Twitter users poured on the mockery.

It really doesn’t look good for Robert Foster right now. Conservative evangelicals will approve of it because they are super into Christian Sharia law, but the rest of society, which lives in the 21st century, is laughing at the absurdity. If Robert Foster, or any other conservative male for that matter, can’t trust themselves to behave appropriately with a woman in a professional setting, they should not be running for office and they deserve to lose. Women make up over 50 percent of the population and more women turn out to vote than men do. Reporters are there to do their job, they aren’t there to get into candidate X’s pants. Foster disrespected women and that tells them exactly who they should not vote for this November 5th.

(Writer’s note: I am not related to Robert Foster.)

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