CNN chief climate correspondent Bill Weir was slammed on social media after tweeting what many saw as a “sexist” and “misogynistic” tweet about Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) yesterday.
Loeffler, who faces a runoff January 5 to retain her seat, shared a positive message on Twitter about her life and what she wanted for all Georgians.
“I’ve lived the American dream. I went from the farm to the Fortune 500. I want Georgians to have the same freedom & opportunities I had,. And it won’t be possible if we go down the road to socialism. We must hold the line and protect the American Dream.”
That was too much for Weir who responded, “Good news, Georgia! If you live on a farm, you now qualify to marry the Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange!”, insinuating that Loeffler’s success is due to who she married and not her ability.
Good news, Georgia!
If you live on a farm, you now qualify to marry the Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange! https://t.co/dLXFantplB
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) November 18, 2020
That didn’t sit well with many critics including fellow Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa.
1. This is outrageous sexism.
2. Women who grow up on a farm can do anything we want to do, and yes, that includes be a United States Senator. https://t.co/JsqLJtZpAl
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) November 18, 2020
Other reactions on Twitter were similar to Ernst’s.
Mr. Butterfly here is being misogynistic towards a women becuse of who she decided to marry. Pathetic. https://t.co/TQJTHadyQ1
— Arielle Pruitt (@AriellePruitt7) November 18, 2020
Twitter user Olivia PC reminded Weir that CNN carried an op-ed recently by a former aide in the Obama administration condemning sexist rhetoric surrounding the election.
— Olivia PC (@olivia_pc) November 18, 2020
Maybe Weir thought that only applies to Democrat women.