Concerned about abortion and demon possession? You would be a great Republican politician | Arwa Mahdawi

huhhave you lost a few brain cells? Do you have more and more bizarre delusions? Are you all confused about how the female body works? Well, congratulations! You have what it takes to build a successful career as a Republican politician. Anyone who sees the recent events happening would be forgiven for thinking that the key skills required for a job in Republican politics seem to be extreme bigotry, combined with a knack for saying what weird things first come to mind. rise.

Yet there are still times when Republican politicians can surprise you with the depths of their madness. For example, let me introduce Scott Neely, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor of Arizona. During a televised debate last week, Neely discussed an abortion ban in Arizona by invoking aliens. “If we found life on Mars, wouldn’t we do everything in our power to protect that life?” Neelie asked. “Why can’t we treat human life the same way we treat extraterrestrial life?”

Neely would probably have a lot to discuss with Kristina Karamo, who wants to be Michigan’s next secretary of state, and who has the backing of Donald Trump. Karamo has said publicly (in a 2020 podcast published this week) that she believes “demonic possession is real” and can be transmitted sexually. Unfortunately for those of us who don’t want to catch a serious case of demon possession, she didn’t go into the details of how this works. Do Contraceptives Stop Sexually Transmitted Demons? Inquiring minds want to know.

Karamo isn’t the only Republican to make headlines in recent weeks for her unorthodox views on biology. Utah Republican Karianne Lisonbee recently apologized for saying she trusts women for ‘control’ [their] ingestion of semen” to prevent unwanted pregnancies. And last month, Yesli Vega, who just won a Republican primary in Virginia, told an interviewer that she’d heard it’s “harder for a woman to get pregnant when she’s been raped…maybe because there’s so much going on. In the body” . Obviously, there isn’t much going on in the brain, otherwise she might have realized what she’d just said.

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