Maine Lawmaker Says Something So Shockingly Stupid and Misogynistic
Republican state Rep. Richard Pickett from Dixfield is making a lot of people shake their heads.
According to Beacon, during a hearing on whether Mainers in jail should be guaranteed access to basic menstrual hygiene products, Republican state Rep. Richard Pickett of Dixfield said (you may want to sit for this)...
He said that he thought a rule like that could make the prison system seem too much like a 'country club'. His actual quote according to the Bangor Daily News reporter Alex Acquisto,
Quite frankly, and I don’t mean this in any disrespect, the jail system and the correctional system was never meant to be a country club.
What crappy country club does he belong to?
Despite this dum dum, this did pass to move forward.
Pickett, who is also the Dixfield Police Chief, voted against the bill saying that women in jail already had pads and tampons. He was told that the reason there is even a hearing is because those supplies are limited, and if you run out - you're out! This bill would prevent that.
You know...just like in country clubs.
In 2017, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said they would guarantee free menstrual products for all women - but that is federal, there's no policy for state prisons and county jails.
Pickett apparently wasn't done and added that this was just lawmakers 'trying to micromanage the jail system...' Was no one there to shut this guy up?
Needless to say, a lot of people are left shaking their heads wondering...well, wondering a lot.