As COVID Cases Skyrocket, Bernalillo GOP Posts Sexist and Suggestive Photo Undermining Public Safety Efforts
Even as COVID-19 cases reached record numbers this week, the Republican Party of Bernalillo County chose to diminish Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s hard work to save New Mexican lives by posting a lewd and sexist meme. The Bernalillo GOP’s post contained a sexually suggestive photo of a woman and encouraged people not to “listen to Michelle Lujan Grisham.”
Women legislators were quick to call out the blatant misogyny and dangerous dismissal of public health efforts on social media.
Leaders like Senator Linda Lopez bashed the photo as a “sexually suggestive, misogynistic picture.” Meanwhile, Representative Andrea Romero condemned the “disgusting meme” as typical of the kind of sexist rhetoric that women in office are forced to endure.
Representative Angelica Rubio emphasized that it is unacceptable to “demean, minimize, and diminish the tragic loss of life” due to COVID-19. In addition, Representative Georgene Louis reminded the GOP that “their dangerous refusal to listen to science/fact makes them complicit” in the deaths of over 900 New Mexicans so far.
Representative Debbie Armstrong also called out the GOP for the hypocrisy of their “Respect New Mexico” campaign in light of this post. Representative Liz Thomson echoed the statement, saying, “Those are NOT New Mexico values or family values.”
In the face of this criticism, the Bernalillo GOP later edited the post to contain a different image, but did not apologize for the misogynistic imagery in the original photo or stop their attempts to undermine public safety efforts.
“Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has been working nonstop to save New Mexican lives by encouraging basic precautions such as social distancing and wearing a mask,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “Instead of working with our governor to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the GOP is actively undermining public safety efforts with this misogynistic attack. It’s horrifying to see these so-called leaders put politics ahead of New Mexican lives.”