A Republican state lawmaker running for reelection in Minnesota should have had a V8 or found a chill place during a public debate recently. That’s because he was caught on tape rudely snatching a microphone away from his female Democratic opponent’s hands, and then having the nerve to try to get her to take it from him when he was done speaking.
When she ignored him, he tossed the mic in front of her.
Voters present at the debate were understandably appalled, and so was Jamie Mahlberg, the woman who is taking on incumbent Duane Quam, who has held the seat nearly a decade.
“It was disappointing to be on the receiving end of such disrespectful behavior from my current representative,” Mahlberg told local reporters.
“But ultimately I’m focused on my campaign and the hard work I will continue to do to earn the support of the voters of the district.”
Video of the incident has gone viral, and contributions to Mahlberg’s campaign have grown.
Nationwide, Democrats are hoping women voters will turn out in droves at the polls as a show of force against what they say is a marked uptick of sexism in the Trump era, along with dissatisfaction over the Republican handling of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.