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Oh, the irony. Republicans, who love to go on and on and on about the alleged dangers of creeping Sharia law, particularly where women are concerned, seem to secretly envy and/or desire their perceptions of the very things they publicly attack:

A spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) is facing criticism after advocating violence against female Democratic senators in a Facebook post.

Jay Townsend, the official campaign spokesman for the freshman representative, went on a vicious online rant on Saturday, which he began by taunting a constituent who voiced criticism about an earlier post on gas prices. “Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz,” Townsend wrote.

“My question today… when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.”

As Think Progress points out, hurling acid at women is a classic method of anti-female subjugation:

Acid throwing is not a joke. It is a serious and horrific form of gender-based violence. Seventy two percent of the time, victims of acid throwing are women. In fact, an attack occurred in Pakistan just four days ago– two women and one two year-old child were injured.

This has ignited a firestorm through the political world. And Representative Hayworth’s office’s response? A non-response response where they didn’t actually address what Jay Townsend said.

That won’t cut it, not at all. In fact, it’s so inadequate a response that even some Republicans are aghast over it. Here’s Red State diarist Owen Kellogg, who writes as GISAP at Red State, on the situation: “Whatever the context of his comment, it’s going to be difficult to defend his suggestion that we ‘hurl acid at those female Democratic Senators.’”

No kidding.