Sen. Joyce Krawiec's tweet on women's march draws online ire

Posted January 24

Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth.

— Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, provoked a social media backlash Monday night with a tweet critical of last weekend's Women's March in Washington, D.C.

"Message to crazies @ Women's March-- If brains were lard, you couldn't grease a small skillet. You known who you are," she wrote on Twitter.

Krawiec Tweet

The tweet, which was posted at 10:22 p.m., drew a fierce backlash online. Among the responses were:

By Tuesday morning, the response had prompted Krawiec to delete the offending message and send out four messages apologizing.

In a statement emailed later in the day, Krawiec expanded on apology.

"Like many other Americans, I was deeply offended by vulgar language and graphic imagery used by some protesters. I have apologized for the words I used to express those frustrations, which were unfair to the many women who advocated for their beliefs in a respectful way," she said.

This is the second time this week that a state official drew criticism for remarks about the Women's March made on social media. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey apologized Monday for a Facebook post that described participants in the march as "fat women."


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  • Glenda Hightower Jan 26, 2017
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    I wonder if Ms. Krawiec and many posting here were so disgusted and thought it crazy when Pres. Trump was caught on tape talking about grabbing women's pu**ies. That is the reason for the symbolic pink cat eared hats. It was in response to that. I wasn't charmed when Ms. Judd read the poem by some young woman. Of course, Ms. Judd is not an elected official and is certainly not the president. Ms. Krawiec "is" and elected official, and although I agree she has a right to say what she feels, her apology tells us that more than honoring her freedom of speech, she's much more concerned about getting votes and retaining her position - understandable but hypocritical to the extreme - like most of the alt right.

  • Bill O'Conner Jan 24, 2017
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    Imagine being told what to think about domestic and foreign policy by the ignorant, clueless and obscene Ashley Judd. If asked to explain what the Federal Reserve is, she would draw a blank. If asked to define three of the members of NATO, she would probably say her hairdresser, costume designer and her agent.

    Imagine all those great actresses, the leading ladies of cinema, that paved the way for the profane Ashley and Juliana Moore and the rest of that ilk. What would Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Olivia de Havilland have done if they saw that filth on stage. Most would probably faint or throw up. And then reflect on just how low our popular culture has sank. They would ask how did this ever happen. It's called modern liberalism - as opposed to classic liberalism that gives us our freedom. The modern form is a disgusting, perverted deviant.

  • Paul Hutton Jan 24, 2017
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    I wonder if those criticizing Sen. Krawiec's comments have heard audio of Ashley Judd's speech during the march. It's one of the most vulgar, crude, and disturbing things I've heard. It's clear the Senator wasn't referring to all the marchers from her initial comment. I wish she wouldn't have apologized.

  • Clarence Hill Jan 24, 2017
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    Senator, well said. Best tthe first time.

  • Buster Brown Jan 24, 2017
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    Ok--those women all coagulated in different towns, they strolled up the streets chanting, singing, tossing in some significant profanity along the way, and generally disrupting the digestive processes of anyone within earshot. To what purpose? Who did they impress? On whom did they make any significant positive impact? As a result of their exertions, which congress persons took note? How much influence did they exert on anybody but the lame stream media?? Who can clearly define why they were there? A good excuse to get out and get some fresh air and walk off a bunch of calories for sure--but again, what results did it produce?

  • Carla Chappell Jan 24, 2017
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    I think she hit the nail on the head with the ones she is talking about. There were children at these protest and it was the ones she talked about really sickened me. The ugly language was unacceptable. I really believe they were trying to start a riot. I will never buy anything or see anything of Ashley Judd , Madonna, etc... These people were the ugliest!!!! Inside and out.

  • Mark Hayes Jan 24, 2017
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    When will the " peacefull " protest start, the ones with breaking windows, burning vehicles ? Find it expected that those type stories get short term coverage by this media outlet, let a Republican error in judgement and WRAL is all over it. Hypocrites

  • Raleigh Rose Jan 24, 2017
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    Sen, Krawiec is free to say whatever she wants. She is not free from the consequences of that free speech. If her constituents think what she said is unacceptable, then she has to deal with the fallout. Perhaps she needs to remember for whom she works and realize that she just insulted many of the people that pay her salary. She has to take responsibility for her actions and words.

  • Johnathan Doe Jan 24, 2017
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    lesson #1 don't apologize to the left....EVER

  • Jerry Crawford Jan 24, 2017
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    It amazes me that people can post insulting and derogatory comments about people and yell freedom of speech but when someone posts or shares something derogatory about them then it is unacceptable, hate or some other type of speech. If you cant take then don't dish it out!