Michael Moore mansplains it’s ‘condescending’ to assume women care more about gas prices than abortion

Michael Moore appeared on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” Thursday to mock the idea that women are more concerned about gas prices and inflation than abortion for the midterm elections. He also claimed Democrats would win.

The liberal filmmaker scoffed at the suggestion that Republicans could retake Congress by attacking polls that found rising support for the GOP on issues such as the economy. Specifically, he attacked the idea that women have become less concerned over abortion rights since the Supreme Court decision in June. 

“To believe that we’re going to lose on Tuesday, they’re going to take over, you have to believe certain assumptions. You have to believe what the pollsters have been telling us that since the Roe decision, women were very upset back in June when the decision came down but now, they’ve kind of collected themselves and they’re not so upset because they’re thinking more about the price of a gallon of gas or a can of Campbell’s soup is up 27 cents,” he said.

“You know how women are, once they hear that soup has gone up 27 cents a can or the gas, what’s gas this week now? It’s about 22, 20 cents over last year at this time per gallon – right away women are like, ‘I don’t need these reproductive rights, you know? I want less at the gas pump’,” Moore joked. 

Filmmaker Michael Moore appeared on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” on Thursday
(MSNBC)

He added, “I mean, it’s so condescending and so, I just wonder as I watch the news and listen to the pundits and pollsters, do they know any women? Is there someone at home that’s a woman? Have they talked to anybody really since June? Do people watching this right now, when I say people, I’m talking about men, if you’re watching this right now, do you really think that women are just over it? Over Roe?”

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Moore continued to argue that woman would take part in a “rampage” or “revolt” as a result of losing Roe v. Wade.

“I think that women are fed up. They already know that they are treated as second class citizens in this country. Don’t make the same as men. They don’t have equal rights. We still haven’t put that in our constitution. Most other western democracies have some kind of line or clause that says women and men are equal citizens. Not us. So they’ve been used to this for a long time, but that doesn’t mean they like it,” he said.

The Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in June turned abortion into a midterm election issue.

The Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in June turned abortion into a midterm election issue.
( DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo by DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images)

He also insisted that Democratic candidates were going to win in the midterm elections despite doubts from the media.

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“I’m not worried that this is going to happen because [Republicans are] not going to be in charge. They’re not going to win next Tuesday and I know it seems like I have to take a minority position on this because the media is full of a lot of how the Republicans are surging and the Republicans are doing so well and so and so this race we’re going to lose and, you know how liberals are. We get all, you know, verklempt. ‘Oh, no. Oh, no. We’re going to lose’. And it’s like, no, actually, we’re not going to lose. There’s more of us than there are them,” Moore said.

Michael Moore, American filmmaker, speaks during a campaign event for Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2020 presidential candidate, during a town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. 

Michael Moore, American filmmaker, speaks during a campaign event for Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2020 presidential candidate, during a town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire, U.S., on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. 
(Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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MSNBC host Joy Reid made a similar claim against the polls, pushing the theory that mainstream media are inadvertently pushing skewed numbers from Republican-backed firms.

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