The Right-Wing Backlash Against #MeToo Is Coming Sooner Than You Think


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Conservatives are angry and scared. This can only end badly.

By Amanda Marcotte | Salon/Alternet

At first blush, the story about Texas associate deputy attorney general Andrew Leonie, who resigned hastily after making ugly comments about the #MeToo movement on Facebook, seems like another sign of a sea change happening in the United States when it comes to sexism. But for me, it only adds to the growing sense of dread that another shoe is lifting and that the big drop is coming soon, and it’s going to be a bad one.

Sexists are getting angry. They’re getting scared. They’re starting to lash out. I worry that it’s just a matter of time before some of their punches start landing.

Leonie, who identified as a man of „Christian faith“ and father to „great kids“ on his Facebook page, also took to Facebook at 2:40 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and wrote, „Aren’t you also tired of all the pathetic ‚me too‘ victim claims? If every woman is a ‚victim,‘ so is every man. If everyone is a victim, no one is. Victim means nothing anymore.“

It’s tempting to believe that a man who was making more than $150,000 a year representing the great state of Texas in court is merely another casualty who failed to follow the rule that there’s nothing worth saying on social media between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. But, as Noor Al-Sibai of Raw Story noted, Leonie had a habit of saying gross things on social media, including posting a cartoon calling the Women’s March protesters „cunts.“

Leonie was shown the door with haste, even though he’s in Texas and works for Attorney General Ken Paxton, a profoundly misogynistic politician who whined that Texas would become a „sanctuary state for abortions“ if undocumented immigrants were legally allowed to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

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