The GOP congressional candidate said the US suffered from women’s suffrage and praised the organization trying to repeal the 19th Amendment.

John Gibbs, who defeated a Republican who voted to impeach Trump in the primaries, also made comments in the early 2000s about the 19th century. .”

At Stanford University in the early 2000s, Gibbs founded a “think tank” called the Society for the Critique of Feminism, which argued that women lacked the “qualities necessary to govern” and that men were. because they are more intelligent than women “to think logically about broad and abstract ideas to reach an appropriate conclusion without relying on emotional reasoning”.

Featured on Gibbs’ personal page at Stanford in 2000 and 2001, the Society for the Critique of Feminism championed the male-dominated patriarchal society, calling it “the best model for a society’s continued success.”

Gibbs’ campaign spokeswoman Anne Marie Schieber told CNN that Gibbs believed women should be allowed to vote and work.

“John made the site to provoke the left on campus and call attention to the hypocrisy of some of today’s feminists. It was nothing more than a college kid being overwhelmed,” she said in an email. “Of course, John doesn’t think women shouldn’t vote or work, and his mom worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation for thirty-three years!”

Gibbs requested that the think tank’s website be removed from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine in 2016, according to an Internet Archive spokesperson. But CNN’s KFile reviewed it on another archive service.

At that site, Gibbs actively argued against giving women the right to vote, arguing that it led to an expansion of the federal government.

“Some say it is hypocritical or unfair in a democratic society for women, 50% of the population, to not have the vote,” Gibbs’ website read. “That’s not true, of course, because the founding fathers, who understood freedom and democracy better than anyone else, didn’t think so. Also, not everyone under the age of 18 can vote, even though they also make up a large part of the population. So we can’t say that women should vote, only because they are a large part of the population.’

“We conclude that increasing the size and scope of government is absolutely bad,” Gibbs added. “And since women’s suffrage has caused it to happen on a larger scale than any other cause in history, we conclude that the United States has suffered as a result of women’s suffrage.”

The Society for the Critique of Feminism was cited by other anti-feminist websites, including the anti-feminist and conspiracy website Father’s Manifesto. The Manifesto of the Fathers led by Christian parties called for the repeal of the 19th Amendment. Gibbs praised the organization twice in comments hosted on his website and linked from his website.
“An excellent website detailing, among other things, the unconstitutional laws passed as a result of the 19th Amendment, and providing further evidence of the damage done by the 19th Amendment: The 19th Amendment and the Totalitarian State,” said Gibbs, their website.
Speaking earlier this month to the Stanford Review, the college’s conservative student newspaper, Gibbs said his time at Stanford was formative to his beliefs.

“When I got to Stanford, I met some conservatives there through the Stanford Review,” Gibbs said. “Having real conservative friends in the flesh — which I didn’t have in high school, I kind of read — made a big difference. Having people I could be friends with who could sharpen me and my conservatism. So, yeah, that was it: through discovering Thomas Sowell in high school and through the friends I had at Stanford keep building ideas.

Controversial comments in the past

Gibbs defeated Republican Peter Meijer to win the GOP nomination for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, defeating the congressman who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump during the altercation at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Gibbs now faces Democrat Hillary Scholten in the general election.

Gibbs is a former Trump administration official who served in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and was later appointed director of the Office of Personnel Management.

CNN’s KFile previously reported that Gibbs’ history of conspiratorial and inflammatory tweets included unjustifiably accusing Democrats of participating in satanic rituals and defending a notorious anti-Semitic troll banned by Twitter. His nomination to be director of OPM was never voted out of committee and eventually went back to the president when the new Congress began in 2021.

Argued against women in the workplace

A section of Gibbs’ website said that having more women in the workplace “divides” men, preventing them from making offensive jokes and leading to “trees” (sic) of sexual harassment lawsuits.

“In the post-feminist workplace, men need to step back to make sure they don’t inadvertently offend any woman who happens to overhear a joke or comment made with humor and harmlessness,” the site says. “Too many anti-sexual harassment laws are enacted, resulting in disproportionately large numbers of sexual harassment cases, wasting the time and energy of the courts and the legal system, and taxpayer dollars.”

Gibbs’ website also said that having more women in the workplace was affecting chemistry and having fewer workers.

“Companies must make a concerted effort to recruit and promote women who may or may not be on par with men,” he said. “Furthermore, the chemistry of having women in a masculine environment reduces business cohesion and productivity from what it might otherwise be (this is especially true of the military, though by no means limited to it). All of these things go without saying. It takes away from a team’s effort to produce effectively.”

“Therefore, since increasing the presence of women in the workplace does not benefit men, women or business operations, there is no factual basis to say that more women in the workplace is better,” he concluded.