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. .”
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.
“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.”
“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 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.
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.