Ann Romney Gives An Uplifting Speech, Twitterverse Responds With Calling Her A Whore

Did you watch Ann Romney’s speech during the Republican National Convention last night? I thought she was wonderful. And it has nothing to do with whether or not you are voting for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. She talked about moms who work, and who come home exhausted and still help with book reports. She talked about how years go by so quickly when you are raising children.

 It’s the moms who have always had to work a little harder to make everything right.  It’s the mom’s of this nation, single, married, widowed, who really hold the country together.  We’re the mothers.  We’re the wives.  We’re the grandmothers.  We’re the big sisters.  We’re the little sisters and we are the daughters.

You are the hope of America.  There would not be an America
without you.  Tonight, we salute you and sing your praises!

What a lovely sentiment. Ann Romney said her speech was all about “love” and it was.  And even though I personally don’t agree with a lot of Mr. Ann Romney’s policies, his wife gave a wonderful, uplifting, kickass speech last night. She was smart and funny and charming and I thought she looked beautiful. So it was with dismay, and then anger, that I saw a lot of really terrible postings on Twitter about her appearance at the convention.

It’s funny that Ann Romney feels America should take her word on shit… she’s kind of a out of touch lying cunt and not much else.

SHUT THE FUCK UP ANN ROMNEY. Your husband is AN IDIOT. Fuckn Mormon , bitch ion wanna hear about your heart. I wish i was there to slap her

has a classic “face lift but my neck still looks old as shit” look. Very classy.

ANN ROMNEY IS AN UGLY ASS WHITE HOE

You know the difference between a Stepford wife and Ann Romney?A Stepford wife has a wet pussy and a less ugly underwear. Also more empathy.

Shutup, Ann Romney, you stupid, glutonous, pandering, Stepford ‘bot

Ann Romney is trending. sucks that she’s an ugly whore.

Ann Romney. Whore. Red, red, red lipped whore.

somebody tell ann romney to shut her whore mouth

Would someone please punch this bitch in the cunt?

I understand that Americans are passionate about politics. I understand that Americans are concerned about the upcoming election. I understand that everyone has their very own personal strong political beliefs and that they enjoy expressing these beliefs on the internet. What I can’t understand is people spewing such ugly vitriol against a woman who was simply giving support to her husband. Attacking how she looks, calling her a “whore” and a “cunt.” And a lot of the above tweets were posted by women.

Is this how you would speak to your mothers? Is this how you would want someone to speak to your sister, your friend, your own daughter? Is this how we support each other, as women, even if at the end of the day we may not agree with what political party we are affiliated with?

I’m sure after the Democratic National Convention we will read just as many ugly sentiments directed at Michelle Obama. It pisses me off as a woman to see other women tear each other down like this. We are smarter, and stronger and better than this. Ann Romney deserves better than this. All women deserve better than this, no matter who you vote for.

This sexually charged degrading language towards women who have a point of view and who take a strong stance in regard to their personal opinions is just another way for us to beat each other down. No matter which political affiliation you side with, we as women need to respect each other more than this.

It has been an ugly last few months for us as a country, as women. Between Todd Akins ignorant statements about rape to the Aurora shootings to moms being shamed for not working outside the home. I think we have more important issues to direct our energies toward than calling each other “whores” on Twitter.

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    • Sara

      What the hell?!? When I read the headline of this piece, I thought, “Oh, silly Eve, surely you’re exaggerating. There’s no way anyone would ever actually, literally call Ann Romney a whore!” Then I read the article, and hoooollleeee crap. That is a whole lot of hateful, derogatory, ugly language. I’m no fan of Mitt Romney (although Ann Romney seems like a lovely person), but this type of language should anger anyone, and especially any woman, regardless of political leaning. Ick.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        There are worse tweets out there. I just got sick reading them, ugh.

      • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

        I’ve read way worse. Tweets and comments saying she should be raped and killed, that she should die, that her children should be raped and killed, etc.Really disgusting stuff and I’ve seen similar vitriol focused on Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin. I don’t agree with the political leanings of some these women but I think it’s deplorable how many terrible things are said about them.

      • Amanda

        I don’t condone it, but perhaps part of the comments saying she should be raped or her children should be raped stem from her and her husband’s lack of compassion/understanding for women who are raped or victims of incest. They made these rape victims feel victimized all over again by their hateful vitriol, and perhaps these victims would like Ann Romney to understand what it would be like to be raped and forced to grow the product of that rape inside of you.

      • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

        As a victim of rape myself I am disgusted that anyone would try to justify wishing that hell on any other person, regardless of how repugnant her husband’s political and ideological beliefs are. I wouldn’t wish it on my worse enemy and certainly not on a mother of 5 with MS. Maybe instead of writing terrible tweets about republicans OR democrats (or anyone) people should be out protesting and making things happen. I have spent years counseling young rape victims and victims of molestation and incest. Putting more hate out into the world does nothing.

      • Amanda

        As a victim of rape myself I am disgusted that anyone who hasn’t been through it would DARE to be so self-righteous as to try to establish policy that would force me to bear the child of my rapist. Like I said, I don’t condone the comments, but I can certainly understand the anger and emotion behind them. Of course, there are always pathetic idiots out there who comment so and so should be raped or murdered on any story they read. During the Olympics, on a yahoo article about a sporting event, a commenter posted something about “Obama loves child rape” and something about his daughters, too.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I am disgusted that anyone who hasn’t been through it would DARE to be so self-righteous as to try to establish policy that would force me to bear the child of my rapist.
        I would like to see the link to this. Has Romney said he is going to establish this policy? Or are you referring to Todd Akin’s absurd and awful political spewing?

      • kathleen

        Romney has actually said he supports allowing abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and when the health of the mother is in danger. However, the RNC is trying to establish a platform that eliminates the right to abortion in all three cases. It’s very worrying, to be honest, since GWB seemed very moderate in his own campaign and then zoomed to the right after the election. .

      • kathleen

        Although that comment made isn’t fair, since those are two different people. Fairer to say that if the party deems something so, we are concerned that Romney might bow to its wishes.

      • kathleen

        *comment I made re: GWB…

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I’m trying to be super upon minded and fact based on the upcoming election. From what I understand, Mitt has always been a conservative, but has governed very moderately. He did make the statement condoning what Akin said. I am unaware of him aggressively trying to pass legislation making abortion illegal, if you have links I would looooove.

      • kathleen

        I said below that he conforms to the traditional rape-incest-health of the mother that used to be the GOP approach. I never said HE was trying to pass those laws, but I did say that the RNC is interested in doing so. What I am concerned about is that he may bow to party pressure should he be elected. I think it’s a legitimate concern, given the direction that so many of the party leaders are going.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Gotcha. I’m sorta hoping someone can direct me to links though, just because as I have said, I’m trying super hard to be really informed this time around.

      • kathleen

        It’s no surprise that people find it hard to be definitive about where he stands…here are a few links — sorry that some are clearly biased, but it’s not surprising that the liberals are concerned about his lack of clarity on what is a very important issue.
        http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/the_rumble/2012/08/romneys-muddled-abortion-views-what-does-he-stand-for-exactly
        http://aboutmittromney.com/abortion.htm#history
        http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/08/25/what-romney-said-timeline-mitt-romneys-anti-choice-positions

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Thank you, this one is very interesting http://aboutmittromney.com/abortion.htm#history

      • kathleen

        These comments don’t nest well at all….I initially said that although Romney’s own positions differ from those of the RNC, I worried that he would pull a GWB and appear moderate and then get scarily conservative. Then I said that my comment wasn’t fair, since Romney is not GWB and the behavior of one does not predict the other. So the comment that wasn’t fair was mine regarding similarities between GWB & MR.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Haha, I am playing detective and trying to read them in order, but I get what you are saying. and I like this discussion!~

      • Andrea

        Their platform doesn’t say they want to make abortion illegal, they just don’t want any government money to pay for it. They would cut off funding to places like Planned Parenthood, but if someone still wanted an abortion it just wouldn’t be subsidized.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Exactly. Thank you for your work with victims.

    • Jenna

      I don’t understand republicans calling her names – she’s the nominee’s wife for gosh sakes!

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I don’t know if it was republicans, they didn’t state affiliation

    • BrendaKilgour

      Said comments are just another installment in the politics of resentment (and race-baiting), Chicago style, with an assist from Chris “Tingly Leg” Matthews. Right on Ann, right on Mitt, right on Eve.

    • kathleen

      I have to admit that I found it condescending, in a way. It’s the whole cult of motherhood — Where Would We Be Without Moms? — that emphasizes the pink-ghetto mentality. It also relies heavily on the idea that a woman’s greatest and most natural calling is motherhood and that makes her the best nurturer of all, etc. etc. Family, love, hearts, and weary mothers seemed to make up the text of her speech, and those of us who are focusing on real issues facing working mothers — health insurance (or the lack thereof), low wages, decent childcare, sympathetic bosses (or the lack thereof) — feel like this speech was kind of a snowjob to say, “See? Republicans DO care about women! We love them! Vote for us, because we totally aren’t waging a war on women.”

      The vitriol on Twitter is completely uncalled-for, of course, but unless you joined the internet last month it shouldn’t be a surprise. I doubt that reputable individuals, or anyone representing a professional organization, had anything to do with the vulgar comments. I suspect they were made by the Twitter counterparts to Yahoo commenters. I simply wish those who had objections to the speech had been more coherent and intelligent in their responses, to be honest. I have a lot of objections to what she said, but I think that ad hominem attacks are totally counterproductive, since then the focus is on the mean things that were said rather than objections to what Ann was saying and what it means in the political arena.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I see your point, but Ann shouldn’t be expected to address these issues, that should be her husband’s job. I really love the term pink ghetto!

      • kathleen

        But then you could equally say that she shouldn’t be speaking at the convention, since that’s her husband’s job. Her speech merely reinforced (for me, anyway) the fact that her party does not concern themselves with values and issues that are relevant to many women in the US, and the backlash should have been expected. I also think that if Ann Romney is going to put herself out there at the convention, she probably knows what kind of reaction she might generate. If she isn’t tough enough to withstand it, she doesn’t belong there. And if she’s going to wave the rosy flag of loving hearts, wifely loyalty, and sanctified motherhood, then she isn’t contributing much of substance to the discussion. And if she isn’t going to do that, then why have her say anything?

      • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

        You hit the nail on the head. I don’t understand why political wives (and husbands) are expected to speak at these things. They aren’t the ones looking to be elected and they will have no official power once their partner gets into power.

      • kathleen

        Hmmm…I posted a response, but it never made it. It was brilliant, obviously, but now I can’t reproduce it. The gist of my comment was that if Ann Romney isn’t going to address substantive issues because issues are her husband’s purview, then why let her speak at all? Speaking in public is her husband’s job in that case.

        I found the speech to be carefully crafted to reinforce a set of traditional values that were almost certainly going to generate an specific backlash. I’m sure the Romneys were expecting it, since they are used to making speeches that demonstrate that they are generally out of touch with middle Americans.

      • kathleen

        Oh good…now BOTH comments are there. Sorry to clog your comments section… :(

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Noo, thank you so much for your comments, I agree with a lot of what you are saying. To me, I always felt the spouses job , when giving an introduction of their partner, was to show the American public a side of them we may not see, not to get heavily into policy. And I see what you mean about them being out of touch with middle America, but is Michelle Obama really IN TOUCH with her $6,000 blouses? I like both Ann and Michelle, but I think they both don’t really know what ” real life” is like in many regards. My main point is that as a country I think we treat women who dare to take a stance like shit.

      • kathleen

        Well, no one *I* know owns a $6,000 blouse, but Michelle Obama is aware of and speaks about serious issues that women often find themselves responsible for — nutrition, education, etc. I think the speech grated on me so much because it embraced women’s current roles as acceptable rather than pointing out that women are overworked and seriously underpaid and hey! let’s get some respect and equal pay up here, and while we’re at it, how about affordable childcare for overworked mothers?

        I agree that when women open their mouths and offer opinions, people jump on them and suggest that their time would be better spent constructing sandwiches. But I don’t think Ann actually took a stance on anything except the fact that we don’t really know Mitt. And that once they had to survive on pasta and tuna fish…I really think the MATURE reaction to the speech (by which I mean the pundits, columnists, and [some] bloggers, not those twits) indicates that the speech was full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Maybe that’s what the Wife Speech is supposed to be, but I think it could, and should, be much more.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I want to go back and read all the transcripts that wives have given to introduce their husbands, because I can’t think of a time when a spouse really made a speech that was about her husband’s policies. I agree with you on the ” wife speech” being more, and I hope in our lifetime that gets changed to the ” husbands speech.”

      • kathleen

        Yeah, me too (on both). My attitude towards convention speeches is that most of them are pointless, since they’re preaching to the choir, but that those who do speak ought to be thoughtful in what they say and how they say it.

        Plus I teach rhet-comp, and I automatically deconstruct speeches. Ann’s really reflected the 1960s-retro mentality that I hate so much. But still….the c-word is never appropriate.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I found one for Michelle, if you feel like reading it, it’s very similar in a lot of regards. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/25/michelle-obamas-democrati_n_121310.html. Thanks so much for your thoughts, I find this stuff fascinating.

      • kathleen

        Michelle’s was interesting, since it certainly echoes her husband’s platform, although it is carefully couched in the same here’s-my-husband approach. She actually includes some of Obama’s campaign intents in her speech, so it’s a softer approach to his more hard-line approach. I would toss a lot of the awesome-husband stuff, but there are still solid points in hers that just weren’t in Ann’s.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        See, I didn’t get that, for me, they covered things like background, growing up together, college etc… hers did have more points on Obama’s political career but I found them very alike.

      • kathleen

        I also found them alike in tone, and I suppose that’s the template for the Wife Speech — humanize the candidate. But as I said, I did appreciate Michelle’s weaving elements of Barack’ platform into her speech (or her speechwriter did) to make it relevant to a convention atmosphere. It gives the potential FL a more contemporary and relevant persona, and gives her something to say besides the wonderful-man bit.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Yeah, her speechwriter, I think , and I will try and fact check this, the bitchy part is that there are men behind these speeches, which is just gross no matter what platform you are speaking from. i’m sure they work WITH the wives (still can’t say husbands yet) but yeah, speechwriters, blah.

      • kathleen

        Eh, I don’t really have an issue with politicians having speechwriters, male or female — it isn’t everyone that can be succinct, focused, and know precisely how something should be phrased. Most people know what they want to say, and the speechwriters show them how to say it. I doubt that they are composing speeches without the speakers’ input.

      • Andrea

        Just want to point out that the First Lady doesn’t usually pick her platform (ie – Michelle Obama’s nutrition, Nancy Reagan’s War on Drugs, etc.) until after her husband is elected. I am sure that if she were to become First Lady, she would have an issue to back as well. My guess would be breast cancer or MS.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        That’s what I thought too.

      • kathleen

        This is very true, Andrea — I had forgotten that altogether. Michelle’s speech about Barack, however, does reference aspects of his platform in a way that Ann’s doesn’t, so I see where it can be smoothly incorporated.

      • jesus

        Mitt & Ann Romnney no taxes paid in 10 years guess that is in touch if youre a right winger

      • Poppy

        “Gee whiz jolly jillickers, being a girl sure if tough, what with all the makeup, and poopy diapers, and being a daughter/mother/sister/aunt/grandma and high heeled shoes!” isn’t a stance. It’s a shallow ploy to attempt to counteract the blatantly anti-woman beliefs and policies the Republicans hold and support. “We don’t hate women! We love it when they are quiet in their predetermined roles, and don’t whine so much when we try to legislate their bodies out of existence!”

      • aliceblue

        I agree with you about hating her talk. I’m not a mom but guess what, I’m still a sister and daughter, and woman. I also agree those comments are asinine. If people didn’t like her “Hello reproducing women” speech fine, but throwing the word “whore” around is sad and pathetic.The Romneys, like the Obamas, seem like a decent couple. After Edwards and senators restrooms, etc. it is nice to see couples who are still in love with each other.

    • Emily

      Appalling behavior, really. In my work with high school students, we sometimes ask students to read, out loud, the hateful things they have written online about others. You should see the embarrassment at the moment of realization of what they have done. It is too bad that there is it a way to make these anonymous posters speak these words and realize what they are saying. I wonder which would are utter them?

      • Tinyfaeri

        Nice! That’s a great exercise!!

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I agree with tiny, that’s awesome

      • jesus

        Stepford wife, no working woman should defend her. Wow you had 10 kids congrats! Myst have been hard having sex and getting knocked up! What wrong with picking on Ann Homely? She married a tx xheat, a woman hater, a racist and flip flopper. Enablers arejust as guilty as those they enable. Plus tlshe calls Americans “you people”.

      • Tinyfaeri

        Hey! Here’s one for the class…

    • Tinyfaeri

      Wait…anonymous people left derogatory, curse-laden, vile, and offensive comments on something posted on the internet? But that never happens!
      Oh, wait, it does on nearly everything posted to the internet. Oddly enough, I think most porn might have cleaner comments than most YouTube videos of babies – cute kid drinking a sip of soda anyone? The comments above have nothing to do with politics. They’re all about immature idiots who use the blanket of anonymity that the interwebs provide to spew crap they’d never say in person (and with the person in front of them, probably wouldn’t
      even think). I don’t think the above comments have anything to do with politics or the political climate of America right now unless the news decide to make them (and even then they don’t represent more than a tiny fraction of the population). I think it has to do with the internet making people into bullies and assholes just because they’re either anonymous
      or they feel like no one’s watching.
      That doesn’t make it right, or good, or acceptable, but I seriously doubt it has anything to do with politics.

    • jesus

      If she wasnt such a cunt it wouldnt be a problem. Fuck annbot turkey neck Robme

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I guess Jesus has spoken.

      • kathleen

        Thank you for your thoughtful and nuanced contribution to the discussion. May karma attack your genitalia.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Hahahahaha!!! Thinking ..it..is..hard :(

      • LindsayCross

        This is inappropriate and not welcome on our website. It’s disgusting. You have no place here. Please find another place to troll.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        don’t we have a delete option up in herrre?

      • http://fairlyodd.net Frances Bean

        Best.Rebuke.Ever. I laughed out loud.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.mcgrath.75 Rebecca McGrath

      I don’t condone the name calling. I do understand why people would laugh in her face regarding her speech. Her speech is all about the importance of mothers/women regardless of class which is in direct opposition to what her husband is running his platform on. Shes saying aren’t mothers wonderful and at the same time Mitts saying f*ck women. I get why people are angry.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Please link me to the speeches where Mitt Romney has said ” fuck women.”

      • Ilana

        That’s cute, Eve, but I think you know what she meant.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Why is it “cute?” Because I want to have a FACTUAL discussion about this? I love discussing politics but I want to discuss the issues based on facts.

      • Andrea

        LOL – You are really starting to become my favorite columnist on this site!

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        You are starting to become my favorite commentator on this site, especially because you didn’t threaten to rape me and put it on the Internets like our pal Jesus below.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alleah-Marie-Poirier/535370383 Alleah Marie Poirier

        every platform, policy, or initiative Mitt Romney endorses says fuck women. Read between the lines.

    • Amanda

      Don’t tell me Ann Romney understands hardworking single mothers. Here’s a direct Ann Romney quote: “Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?”

      • Michelle

        That direct quote is from the onion…a satire website

      • Michelle

        I’m sorry, it’s from the free wood post. But again, it’s a satire website.

      • Andrea

        I can’t even count how many posts I have seen on FB quoting Free Wood Post. I can’t believe someone can seriously think that is real. They should issue an IQ test before you are handed your ballot. Do your own research, people.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter
      • BrendaKilgour

        Vice President Biden, welcome to Mommyish!

    • redcordelia

      I tried to watch the speech, briefly. I tuned in at a moment when she was trying to convince everyone of how wonderful her husband was, and I felt such a sense of rage that I had to change the channel. Also, just as no one pays attention to what I learned about children in my child development class because I don’t personally have kids, I don’t think anyone wants to hear Anne Romney talking about the plight of the working mother. There are lots of people in this country who are struggling with both health problems and money problems, and that’s something she will never understand.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I appreciate what you are saying regarding her speech being geared towards “mothers” but even though you may not have children, you probably had a mother, know what I mean? and I think, being a breast cancer survivor and having MS she does understand about health problems. She probably doesn’t understand what it’s like to be without health insurance or the means to pay doctor’s bills. I will disagree with you about “no one wanting to hear about the plight of the working mother”.. 61% of the workforce is comprised of working mothers or pregnant women. (2008) http://www.infoplease.com/spot/momcensus1.html

      • Sarah

        I think you need to re-read what redcordelia actually said. She didn’t say no one wanted to hear about the plight of the working mother, she said no one wanted to hear Anne Romney talking about it, because she just doesn’t know how it feels. You really don’t seem to be reading what you’re replying to Eve.

    • Maureen

      liberals call a conservative woman who tries to speak her mind a whore? give me a minute to compose a look to pseudo shock on my face.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        I bet the same thing happens after the DNC. TBH, what is confusing me, or what I find surprising, is that aren’t liberals “supposed” to be (as a generalization) more “pro-women”, “anti-violence” and “peaceful” — once again, a generalization, and I’m assuming that the comments above were made from Democratic voters, and I said, a lot were women. I wouldn’t expect Democratic women to make such derogatory statements about another woman,even if they don’t agree with her husband’s politics, ya know?

      • Maureen

        Democrats seem to intensely hate Republican women actually; I recall some feminist online wrote a controversial article about how conservative women don’t deserve to have uteruses because they’re pro-life or something equally nonsensical once. Sarah Palin got a lot of hate in ’08. Of course Michelle Obama is criticized by Republicans all the time too.

      • Orlan

        And aren’t conservatives supposed to value personal freedom and (according to Mrs Romney, at least) women? I guess that must be why they NEVER say anything derogatory about women who speak their mind, voice their support for healthcare and birth control (Sandra Fluke), protest war (Cindy Sheehan), hold powerful positions (Hilary Clinton), or resist systematic sexism (Gloria Steinem). It’s all those two-faced liberals (more like LIEberals, amirite??) who say mean things, then turn around and say they support the rights of other human beings.

        This smattering of idiotic tweets is an accurate and reasonable portrayal of liberal people, and I applaud Eve Vawter, Investigative Wunderkind, for shedding light on this hot-bed issue of mean things said on the internet. I’m sure if you searched for “Moochelle Obama” on twitter, you would not find a single offensive posting! Not a one! Because conservatives are never hypocritical, racist, sexist, or homophobic!

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Yeeeee-ouch! As I said above, I’m sure we’ll see as many nasty things about Mrs. Obama after the DNC, if not nastier than what was said about Ann. My point was I think it sucks that we, democrats and republicans alike, resort to saying someone should be raped + murdered if we disagree with their political beliefs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alleah-Marie-Poirier/535370383 Alleah Marie Poirier

      quite frankly, most women have a right to lambast a sister who would support a man in the kind of bullshit Mitt Romney wants to pull on your nation. I’m pissed off for you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/midaircollision Terry Haddalittalamb

      This is a woman who publicly supports the GOP 2012 platform, the one that calls for a total ban on abortion with no exceptions, a woman who in other words wants to put an Evangelical-based government between your uterus and your doctor, and you want to defend her? She deserves every one of those remarks and then some. Have you not learned that taking the high road against the racist, women-hating GOP only means they beat you harder? They are the party of lie to win, of cheat to win, of obstruct progress at all costs, and with your attitude, they will eventually win. Good on you, Twitterverse, for calling Ann Romney exactly what she is—a worthless, brainless whore who paid nannies to raise her kids and pays someone else to ride her horse. Does she even DO anything productive?? No, just working to make sure her tax cheat husband becomes president so women can officially go back to being second class citizens? Eve Vawter, you’re a joke.

      • Maureen

        Romney’s platform doesn’t want a total ban on abortion; they don’t the government paying for abortion. You can still get all the abortions you want, but you have to pay for them yourself. It’s hilarious how self-righteous you are while being an ignorant idiot. Also, you don’t think Michelle Obama has nannies for her kids and buys $5k dresses? What a joke.

    • Nunya

      While I do agree that the twitter posts were out of line, I’m honestly tired of hearing Ann Romney talk. Has she ever worked in her life? No. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Being a mother is a very respected role and shouldn’t be criticized, but she also shouldn’t pretend that she can connect to single moms in any capacity. She wants to be “part of the club”, but she’s not.

      My real problem with her though and the reason why I honestly think she needs to stop talking is because every time she opens her mouth she does her best to give her husband a personality. He needs to have his own personality. He shouldn’t have to rely on his wife to make a personality for him. She constantly makes excuses for him and publicly makes decisions for his campaign that honestly don’t involve her. No more tax returns? Really Romney you can’t man up and say it yourself? You need your wife to do it for you? It’s pathetic. Romney needs to stop hiding behind his wife. When he can do that, many people will stop being rude to Ann Romney. I’m tired of her voice as well. She needs to find something more relevant to talk about and let her husband use his own words to make the American people like him.

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        So basically, hey woman, sit down and shut up. Your voice doesn’t matter because you’ve never worked outside the home. Reallllllly?

      • Nunya

        Thanks for the strawman fallacy reply to my comment. Please reread my comment, especially the part that states,

        “That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Being a mother is a very respected
        role and shouldn’t be criticized, but she also shouldn’t pretend that
        she can connect to single moms in any capacity.”

        You might also want to read the part where I said,

        “…because every time she opens her mouth she does her best to give her
        husband a personality. He needs to have his own personality. He
        shouldn’t have to rely on his wife to make a personality for him.”

        If she wants to talk about her own opinion on the state of the country I’m all ears. If she wants to give educated opinions about education, health care, the national budget, etc. I have no problem with this what-so-ever. What I DO have a problem with is the fact that the ONLY thing she ever talks about is her family and how her husband is a great person even though he won’t do anything to show an ounce of personality to the American people himself. When I’m getting to know someone, I don’t ask all of their friends to tell me everything about them. I’ll ask that person for their own opinions. I’ll judge that person based on how I see them act. I don’t need their friend to pop up every 5 minutes and tell me why he’s a cool cat. I get it. You like your husband. I would hope you do. That doesn’t mean I should like your husband. I’m not married to your husband. HE needs to tell me why I should like him. HE needs to be able to show emotion when he talks. HE needs to allow me to see a piece of who the real human in the shell.

        If Ann wants to say something about her family or husband occasionally, I don’t have a problem with that at all. She’s a broken record. It’s EXTREMELY annoying. Male/Female, Rich/Poor, Presidential Candidate/Welfare Recipient I don’t care. Ann Romney is a very annoying person. I don’t even know anything about her personally. I just know that she thinks her husband is a really great person. That’s awesome. Find something else to talk about now. We understood you the other 50 times you said it.

        Also Even Vawter, don’t paraphrase what I said, insult my opinion, and call me a male chauvinistic pig (more or less). It’s rude and completely unprofessional for a mod of this site. Read the entire comment and address it with maturity or don’t comment at all. Thanks.

    • Poppy

      Public figure gives asinine speech. Woman digs up offensive “tweets” in a vain attempt to prove something. Thanks, Mommyish!

      • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

        Oh, so sorry I’m interested in discussing sexism in politics. You can always go read about something else that interests you.

    • JJ

      I think you’re right that tossing around hate speech is probably not the best use of anyone’s time. But just as a counter-point, I offer this possible explanation for some of the hate, couched in an analogy: First off, people might call out Ann for talking about love because it seems hypocritical of her, even if her speech alone is lovely. She may be “just supporting her husband”, but that “just” isn’t very harmless when her husband is such a hater. That’s blind loyalty, on her part, not love. The analogy is this: My brother rapes me and then gives an unrelated public speech about the value and importance of respect. So I get on Twitter and call him a sick asshole, even though his speech, on its own, was beautiful. Alternately, my brother rapes me, and my SISTER, who knows this, goes on to give the respect speech, “just” to support my brother. So I get on Twitter and call my sister a sick cunt.

      No, Ann and Mitt are not my sister and brother, and yeah, the analogy may seem a bit hyperbolic, but that’s the point of analogies.

      So, yeah, hate speech on Twitter sucks, and maybe people shouldn’t do it, but hate is a totally legit emotional reaction, even in response to something that is on the surface and out of context seemingly good. Nothing is simple.

    • Joe

      Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. She has access to a level of health care that 99% of all people don’t have. She is horribly out of touch with everyday people. She needs to keep her stupid mouth shut.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Fitzgerald/648265083 Chris Fitzgerald

      Her neck is going to give me nightmares.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.mcgrath.75 Rebecca McGrath

      Mitt was and is to much of a coward to come out and say “f*ck women”. Lets start with contraceptives, healthcare, abortion, equal pay, single mothers, and education. His views on women’s right are obvious and dangerous. His views are based on religion, bad science and fear/hate of women. I understand wanting to live your life according to ones own moral convictions but that does not give anyone the right to force their own moral beliefs on others. Especially when those beliefs are detrimental to those who they affect. Here are a few articles that read to that end.

      1. http://www.thenation.com/blog/170625/what-does-mitt-romney-really-want-women#
      2. http://www.womenarewatching.org/candidate/mitt-romney
      3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-reardon/presidential-debate-ii-wh_b_1973984.html
      4. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2012/11/07/why-romney-lost-women/
      5. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/opinion/sunday/kristof-how-romney-would-treat-women.html?_r=0
      6. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-b-keegan/want-to-get-past-romneys_b_1987914.html

      P.S. Sorry it took so long to reply I only just got the hang of disqus.