North Carolina senator tells women marchers ‘if brains were lard, you couldn’t grease a small skillet’

Two North Carolina GOP members took to social media Monday to express how they really felt about women taking to the streets Saturday to march for human rights.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, state Sen. Joyce Krawiec, a Republican from Kernersville and former vice chair of the state GOP, wrote “Message to crazies @ Women’s March – If Brains were lard, you couldn’t grease a small skillet. You know who you are.”

After deleting it, she tweeted a series of statements trying to walk back what she said but still referred to the tweet she removed.

“I apologize to those women who marched for right reasons. I was only talking about those I described. They didn’t speak for all women.”

“I applaud those women who were respectful. They know who they are.

“BTW I was only speaking of the DC protesters dressed inappropriately and spewing foul language. Disrespecting women. Not representing women”

The News and Observer reached out to Krawiec, who represents Forsyth and Yadkin counties, for comment but she had not responded.

It should be noted that the march in Washington D.C. that Krawiec is referring resulted in no arrests. Many signs that women displayed referred to the same body part that President Donald Trump referenced grabbing a woman by in an Access Hollywood tape.

Reports from the march in D.C. on Saturday estimate there were more than 500,000 women who participated. Hundreds of thousands of other women also participated in sister marches around the world, including about 17,000 women in Raleigh.

Krawiec was not alone in her criticism of those women. You can read about new Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey’s post on Facebook about “fat women” marching here. Causey, a Republican, was elected in November over veteran incumbent Wayne Goodwin.


  1. Kim Cothran

    January 24, 2017 at 10:53 am

    You spew classy.

  2. suzi chamberland

    January 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Joyce Krawiec,

    It’s comments like that, that cause all of us to regress a little more each day. I will not stoop down to your level by saying the amount of lard in your brain is representative of your tweet. Most respectful and civil folks do not spew that type of rhetoric for all to see. Your days are numbered in the Senate, enjoy.

  3. Kerri

    January 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    The outright class of these Republicans is astonishing. Hope Mc Donald’s is hiring.

  4. Patricia Gonzalez

    January 24, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Very disappointed in your disgusting comments. Dehumanizing women and perpetuating hate is not becoming of any congressional representative, let alone person.

  5. Sarah Gieringer

    January 24, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    What an embarrassing teeet. This is democracy. We have every right to free speech and freedom to peacefully protest.

  6. Sharon Tselepis

    January 25, 2017 at 12:53 am

    How dare you insult your fellow citizens for excersizing their First Amendment rights! Perhaps you have had a perfect life yourself and have no problems to dispute, but you cannot know what each and every one of these women and men have gone through to come to this place in their life. They demonstrate (peacefully I might add) because they feel that their government is abandoning them in a number of areas. They are protesting the loss of their rights. If you were about to lose your rights you would try to do something about it to. They are angry about many different things: women’s rights, access to women’s healthcare, climate change, equal pay for equal work, lgbt rights, chivalry rights, and a president who will take all of that away. A man who doesn’t have a passing acquaintance with the truth. You may not agree with how they think and their feelings on this subject, but there is no call whatsoever for your mindlessly insulting them. You are rude, and I thank my Father in Heaven that you do not represent me. You are a very unkind and unfeeling person and should be very ashamed of yourself. If your constituents are smart they will vote you out of office so you can’t pour any of your hatred on anyone else in the name of governing.

  7. Kristie Briggs

    January 25, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Such hateful words after such peaceful marches across the world.

  8. Melinda Lyerly

    January 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    That’s rich coming from someone who supports Trump, the immoral, brainless, narcissistic, bully child! You voted this catastrophe into office! You have no ‘lard’ at all!

  9. Christina Ellis

    January 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Well spit on the fire and pet the dawg
    This calls 4 a good chew ..

  10. Robert Kemp

    January 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Who gives a damn what this 1987 hairdo sportin’ bible camp dropout floozy thinks of anyway? I’m pretty sure the only thing on her agenda today is how many extra baskets of cheese biscuits can she order at red lobster before they cut her off.

  11. Allison

    January 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    This perfectly captures my feelings about the march and the larger resistance movement:
    It’s not about sore losing:
    Wise words from Rabbi Toba Schaller.
    “To those who are confused or surprised about why millions of people showed up to protest. . .
    “Women are marching because our children deserve a secretary of education that cares about education.
    “Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare. Did you know that before the ACA, newborns in the NICU would hit their lifetime caps on health insurance coverage. That’s right, babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.
    “Women are marching because domestic violence crisis centers and after school programs deserve funding.
    “Women are marching because we deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.
    “Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.
    “And most of all, women are marching because we have the right to. The right to protest and speak out against our government is the first amendment. That’s right, #1! It is one of our most fundamental American rights.
    “Saying that we’re whining, throwing temper tantrums, or that we’re immature, or that we need to get over it will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.
    “We’re not marching because Trump won.
    “We’re marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we’ve been fighting for for generations.
    “And we’re not giving up easily.
    “Anyone who thinks we’re marching because we lost just simply isn’t listening. We’re fighting because we refuse to lose more.”
    (Please copy and paste instead of sharing)
    Rabbi Toba Schaller

  12. Stacey Schell

    January 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Right. I guess we stupid women will have to use our votes to grease the skillet. Good luck and, soon, goodbye

  13. Judy Carrino

    January 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    YOu should be ashamed and removed from office. My granddaughter carried such a sign and I applaud her – and she is apparently way smarter than you!

  14. Cindy

    January 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Disgraceful for so many reasons.

  15. feather brighteyes

    January 31, 2017 at 1:55 am

    WOW!…. probably already seen but this is the best response to those “women” criticizing the women’s march.

    Say Thank You

    Say thank you. Say thank you to the women who gave you a voice. Say thank you to the women who were arrested and imprisoned and beaten and gassed for you to have a voice. Say thank you to the women who refused to back down, to the women who fought tirelessly to give you a voice. Say thank you to the women who put their lives on hold, who –lucky for you — did not have “better things to do” than to march and protest and rally for your voice. So you don’t feel like a “second class citizen.” So you get to feel “equal.”

    Thank Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul for your right to vote.
    Thank Elizabeth Stanton for your right to work.
    Thank Maud Wood Park for your prenatal care and your identity outside of your husband.
    Thank Rose Schneiderman for your humane working conditions.
    Thank Eleanor Roosevelt and Molly Dewson for your ability to work in politics and affect policy.
    Thank Margaret Sanger for your legal birth control.
    Thank Carol Downer for your reproductive healthcare rights.
    Thank Sarah Muller for your equal education.
    Thank Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Shannon Turner, Gloria Steinem, Zelda Kingoff Nordlinger, Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, Malika Saada Saar, Wagatwe Wanjuki, Ida B. Wells, Malala Yousafzai. Thank your mother, your grandmother, your great-grandmother who did not have half of the rights you have now.

    You can make your own choices, speak and be heard, vote, work, control your body, defend yourself, defend your family, because of the women who marched. You did nothing to earn those rights. You were born into those rights. You did nothing, but you reap the benefits of women, strong women, women who fought misogyny and pushed through patriarchy and fought for you. And you sit on your pedestal, a pedestal you are fortunate enough to have, and type. A keyboard warrior. A fighter for complacency. An acceptor of what you were given. A denier of facts. Wrapped up in your delusion of equality.

    You are not equal. Even if you feel like you are. You still make less than a man for doing the same work. You make less as a CEO, as an athlete, as an actress, as a doctor. You make less in government, in the tech industry, in healthcare.
    You still don’t have full rights over your own body. Men are still debating over your uterus. Over your prenatal care. Over your choices.

    You still have to pay taxes for your basic sanitary needs.

    You still have to carry mace when walking alone at night. You still have to prove to the court why you were drunk on the night you were raped. You still have to justify your behavior when a man forces himself on you.

    You still don’t have paid (or even unpaid) maternity leave. You still have to go back to work while your body is broken. While you silently suffer from postpartum depression.

    You still have to fight to breastfeed in public. You still have to prove to other women it’s your right to do so. You still offend others with your breasts.
    You are still objectified. You are still catcalled. You are still sexualized. You are still told you’re too skinny or you’re too fat. You’re still told you’re too old or too young. You’re applauded when you “age gracefully.” You’re still told men age “better.” You’re still told to dress like a lady. You are still judged on your outfit instead of what’s in your head. What brand bag you have still matters more than your college degree.

    You are still being abused by your husband, by your boyfriend. You’re still being murdered by your partners. Being beaten by your soulmate.
    You are still worse off if you are a woman of color, a gay woman, a transgender woman. You are still harassed, belittled, dehumanized.

    Your daughters are still told they are beautiful before they are told they are smart. Your daughters are still told to behave even though “boys will be boys.” Your daughters are still told boys pull hair or pinch them because they like them.
    You are not equal. Your daughters are not equal. You are still systemically oppressed.

    Estonia allows parents to take up to three years of leave, fully paid for the first 435 days. United States has no policy requiring maternity leave.
    Singapore’s women feel safe walking alone at night. American women do not.
    New Zealand’s women have the smallest gender gap in wages, at 5.6%. United States’ pay gap is 20%.

    Iceland has the highest number of women CEOs, at 44%. United States is at 4.0%.
    The United States ranks at 45 for women’s equality. Behind Rwanda, Cuba, Philippines, Jamaica.

    But I get it. You don’t want to admit it. You don’t want to be a victim. You think feminism is a dirty word. You think it’s not classy to fight for equality. You hate the word pussy. Unless of course you use it to call a man who isn’t up to your standard of manhood. You know the type of man that “allows” “his” woman to do whatever she damn well pleases. I get it. You believe feminists are emotional, irrational, unreasonable. Why aren’t women just satisfied with their lives, right? You get what you get and you don’t get upset, right?

    I get it. You want to feel empowered. You don’t want to believe you’re oppressed. Because that would mean you are indeed a “second-class citizen.” You don’t want to feel like one. I get it. But don’t worry. I will walk for you. I will walk for your daughter. And your daughter’s daughter. And maybe you will still believe the world did not change. You will believe you’ve always had the rights you have today. And that’s okay. Because women who actually care and support other women don’t care what you think about them. They care about their future and the future of the women who come after them.

    Open your eyes. Open them wide. Because I’m here to tell you, along with millions of other women that you are not equal. Our equality is an illusion. A feel-good sleight of hand. A trick of the mind. I’m sorry to tell you, but you are not equal. And neither are your daughters.

    But don’t worry. We will walk for you. We will fight for you. We will stand up for you. And one day you will actually be equal, instead of just feeling like you are.

    ~ Dina Leygerman, 2017

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