If it’s wrong to do to women, it’s wrong to do to conservative women. (Yes, that includes Tomi Lahren.)

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I think Tomi Lahren is abysmal.

Lahren, for the blissfully uneducated, is the young Ann Coulter-in-training who makes her living proudly saying stupid things on TV. As things go, she’s a prime example of what’s wrong with our discourse these days.

However, this happened:

Lahren, whose conservative views and outspoken demeanor consistently rattle her critics, was with her mother at the UNION restaurant in Minneapolis when another diner tossed a glass of water on her as she walked past her table.

Footage of the attack circulated on Snapchat and Lahren, 25, was outraged.

Again: I think Tomi Lahren is abysmal. I also think if a stranger had made a video of throwing a drink at a female non-Fox commentator, we’d be talking — rightly — about the misogynistic abuse women face in public debates.

And I think that progressives — nominally feminist — have a blind spot when it comes to conservative women, that the humanity and courtesies we extend to women otherwise don’t quite apply if they vote Republican.

Instead, the president spoke up in her defense, and a lot of otherwise-progressive people offered reactions ranging from glee to dismissal.

So. Let’s be clear.

Just because Donald Trump defends her doesn’t make it right.

If it’s wrong to do to women, it’s wrong to do to conservative women.
It’s just that simple.

Author: joeldermole

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and son. He spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His honors include awards for best online commentary from the Online News Association and (twice) from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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