Horrible Politicians: Texas Democrat Downplays Domestic Violence
When I read about reactionary politicians in America, these days it is almost a sure bet that the latest horrible thing uttered about women, LGBTI people, non-white Americans, poor people, foreigners, or anyone who is not of their particular brand of fundamentalist Christianity, comes straight outta GOP. But not this time!
As the Huffington Post reports, Lloyd Oliver, a candidate for District Attorney in Harris County, Texas, frequently says absolutely terrible things when it comes to the issue of domestic abuse.
For instance, he thinks that domestic violence is “overrated” and that it should be prosecuted less.
To that effect, he gave ‘helpful’ advice to victims of domestic abuse during a call-in show in 2012, encouraging them to “maybe learn how to box a little better.”
In that same show, he also downplayed domestic violence as a problem, claiming that it was a part of “some couple’s sexual routine.”
Statistics see serious domestic violence problem
Be that as it may in a tiny fraction of cases, but as the HuffPo article notes,
Harris County has the highest rate of domestic violence homicides in the state. According to a report by the Texas Council on Family Violence, 30 women were murdered by intimate partners in 2012.
Taking this into consideration, domestic violence is certainly not a non-issue, something that maybe a few kinky BDSM afficionados engage in consensually. It is, instead, a serious social problem.
But Mr. Oliver seems quite ignorant of that fact.
Here’s a clip from the progressive news show The Young Turks with some more details: