Earlier this week I wrote about how law enforcement officers often don’t believe victims of rape. Today I I found a candidate in Milwaukee County Sherriff’s race in Wisconsin with an anti-woman position. News outlets have uncovered podcasts from a candidate running as a Democrat. The content of the podcasts appears to be contradictory to the Democrat platform. Acting County Sherriff Rich Schmidt instructed women in disastrous marriages to submit to their husbands and condemned abortions. A second sermon spoke out against same-sex marriage.
Now I’m not a genius, but I’m pretty sure the democratic party endorses same-sex marriage and equality for women. I’m a little bit puzzled how this candidate is running as a Democrat.
The Wisconsin Gazette noted a few quotes from his podcasts that would make most active Democrats Cringe:
“When we look at these things (same-sex marriage) as Christians, and from the Bible, we certainly have some issues with things that have recently been approved,” he said. “We must as Christians decide to take a stand on these biblical principles as inconsistent with Christian values.”
They also break down his thoughts on abortion:
In his sermon that addressed reproductive rights, Schmidt condemned abortion as mass slaughter and suggested that contraception is unacceptable in biblical terms. He quoted the Book of Jeremiah, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb,” suggesting that life is preordained and not to be thwarted.
His views on women in bad marriages were as follows:
“If someone is struggling and their marriage is just in a disaster, and even whether — it doesn’t even have to be a marriage, it could be one of their children, it could be a parent — and they’re just in conflict, what you’re saying is, get off God’s throne, submit yourself to that person and love that person,” Schmidt said on the podcast.
Again, I’m no rocket scientist, but I am a registered Democrat. Our party does not align with pro-life in regards to abortion. We support same-sex marriage. Additionally, we support equal rights for women. Either this guy has changed his tune on these topics, or he is pulling the wool over the eyes of the Democratic voters.
When pushed for a comment on the podcasts, the candidate said told Fox 6 that no woman in an abusive situation should remain there. He suggested all women that find themselves in that position to find a safe place to go.
I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he could have changed his mind on these topics. However, the sermons magically got deleted off the internet the following evening.
Something isn’t smelling right in Wisconsin.
I think a Republican Sherriff is posing as a Democrat to get elected.Organizations that previously supported his candidacy are starting to balk at his positions. Women’s March Wisconsin Spokes Person Sara Pearson made the following statement after learning of the sermons:
“The remarks made by Sheriff Schmidt in recordings that have recently surfaced suggest he is not the kind of sheriff that women in Milwaukee County need to take a solutions-based and violence-ending approach to domestic abuse. In a sermon in which domestic violence is discussed, Schmidt urges anyone in a ‘disastrous marriage’ to submit to their spouse. He does not mention contacting law enforcement, seeking refuge at an emergency shelter, or removing oneself from an abusive environment.
“We know it is not enough to submit to and love one’s spouse or partner when abuse occurs. Action is required. Milwaukee County needs a sheriff who will take tangible steps to stop domestic violence.
“These recordings of Sheriff Schmidt, in addition to the abuse scandals that occurred in Milwaukee County jails on his watch, do not give Women’s March Wisconsin confidence in his leadership of the department.”
I guess we will have to see what happens in the primary. Several organizations are now endorsing Schmidt’s competitor, Earnell Lucas.