Citing Donald Trump, New Mexico city councilor says women “have a right to be slapped” if they protest Trump
Citing Donald Trump, a New Mexico city councilor used Facebook to issue a warning to women participating in Saturday’s marches of protest against Trump: “I suggest you stop your b!tch!ng/protesting during this time. Because you also have a right to get slapped [sic]”
- Update (Friday, Jan 26): Carlsbad Councilor adds N-word to “right to be slapped” Facebook insults
He also suggests marchers go back to the kitchen: “Just want to give a heads up to the women! You have rights! A right to cook and a right to clean!”
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Carlsbad, NM City Councilor J.R. Doporto thinks casual misogyny, racism, and sexism are funny and part of his protected free speech. We think he should be held accountable and step down.
Who is this guy?
J.R. Doporto represents Council Ward 2 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, a city of about 27,000 people dependent mostly on oil and gas jobs and tourism thanks to the nearby Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (Carlsbad employs women and, presumably, he has at least a few women in his family).
According to his Facebook page, he likes the Philadelphia Eagles, Bud Light beer, Snoop Dog and a couple of evangelical churches. He also thinks women should be slapped for protesting and says in an “MLK Day” post “[I] wondered why they were so much faster and quicker than me!”
Most elected leaders in tourism cities welcome everyone with money to spend, but Councilor Doporto isn’t afraid to tell women, gays, African-Americans and most everybody but people like him that Carlsbad isn’t welcome to them. And the mayor is defending him.
*update: As of Tuesday afternoon, Doporto’s Facebook page no longer appears online. Good thing we saved these screen shots!
Naturally, he mocks the reporter who called him out (then cites Donald Trump)
Asked for his reaction and given the chance to apologize, Councilor Doporto chose to double-down instead:
“What is appropriate today as an elected official? I mean, you see Donald Trump tweeting every day. If I offended somebody I’m sorry. You uh, maybe shouldn’t uh, read my posts, just scroll on, everybody has that right.”
Then he posted this:
and then this, mocking the reporter who had just interviewed him:
If that sounds familiar, it should. Citing a Donald Trump tweet in August, Doporto said “He is so awesome.”
Of course, it’s not just about women
After reading about Doporto’s anti-women post, we wanted to know what else he had to say. He said a lot:
Scroll through to see them all.
In the KOB interview, Doporto asks “What is appropriate today as being an elected official? I mean you see Donald Trump tweeting all the time.” Doporto clearly is referencing that Trump “gets away” with his own
His constituents aren’t happy (they want him to spend more time working and less time Facebooking)
The comments on Doporto’s page at the time of this publication are a mix of people defending his “free speech” and others condemning him. But in between the lines of those are comments about the needs of his constituents not being met due to the distractions that this controversy has created.
So while millions of people marched this past weekend, and millions are on high alert as their rights are jeopardized by Trump and his ilk at the federal level, we as New Mexicans have an opportunity to shut this kind of hate speech down.
Sign on to our petition asking Doporto to step down. There’s no room for “casual misogyny” in our state. We respect women, we respect people of color, we respect our gay brothers and sisters and the trans community. We respect our indigenous community and our environment.