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GOP Lawmaker Complained That It's 'Politically Incorrect' to Call Women Sluts: Report

A new report from CNN uncovered a trove of Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis' misogynistic comments.

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One of the Republican members of Congress most imperiled in the upcoming 2018 midterm election is facing a new challenger: his own words.

A new CNN KFile report found Wednesday that Minnesota’s Rep. Jason Lewis had a habit of making grossly misogynistic comments on his conservative talk radio show that ran between 2009 and 2014.

While the campaign dismissed the report as old news, the contents the CNN reporters dug up is deeply troubling. According to transcriptions, Lewis seems obsessed with the idea of using the misogynistic word “slut” to describe women. He bemoans the fact that the word has become “politically incorrect.”

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Lewis even acknowledged that the word has an inherent “double standard” — castigating women for behavior praised in men — but said, “it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard.”

At other points, he said women were prone to be driven by emotion and only voted based on the issue of birth control, CNN reports.

Lewis is likely to face off against Democrat Angie Craig in the 2018 midterms, and poll watchers expect the race to be close.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.