Republicans’ State of the Union response? A woman’s place is in the kitchen

Senator Katie Britt speaks at a news conference on border security at the U.S. Capitol on December 7, 2023 in Washington, DC. The group of Republican senators held a news conference calling for better border security. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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Republicans’ State of the Union response? A woman’s place is in the kitchen

Lorraine Ali

March 8, 2024

A woman’s place is in the kitchen, even if she is one


senator delivering the most important speech of her career.

Intentionally or not, that was the message conveyed by the Republican Party’s response to President Biden’s State of the Union address.


on Thursday, when Alabama


Senator Katie Britt

spoke on behalf of the Republicans and gave the Republican response rep/sw

from a setting associated with centuries of female servitude.

Share the recording with a refrigerator and


fruit basket, the rising GOP star spoke in dramatic, hushed tones about the nightmarish state of the country. I just watched President Biden’s State of the Union address


From our living room, she said. I wish he understood what real families face when they sit at the kitchen table like this.

Yet there was no table or family. Just a shot of Britt sitting alone, in an overwhelmingly beige kitchen with creepy bars


. And the dry-erase notice board on the refrigerator door? Blank.

GOP strategists

where we are

probably trying to create a safe, homely family environment

real Americans

could mean in these difficult times. After all, they have kitchens, unlike fake Americans


lue states


who live


Ntifa communes and live on squeezed juice. But the zombie kitchen trick backfired.

Before Britt even opened her mouth, the optics of rebuttals led to widespread criticism that Republicans are turning back the clock on women’s rights and freedoms to the time of June Cleaver.

A long-held goal for the right was realized in 2022 when the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned Roe


. Wade, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion no longer exists. Now abortion is banned in many states, and



GOP Presidential

candidate Donald Trump has reportedly said he will support a 16-week abortion ban if re-elected.

It’s an unpopular position, even among Republican voters, and a topic that many have shied away from discussing publicly for fear it would hurt them in the voting booth. It’s no wonder Biden doubled down on his support for reproductive rights and castigated Republicans on Thursday

the Supreme CourtSCOTUS

in the


chamber to overturn Roe

. V. vs

Calf. My God, what freedoms are you going to take away next? he said during a fiery event


68 minute speech.

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Intentionally or unintentionally sending messages in the kitchen is also consistent with Trump’s record on women. Dominating the news this week are issues surrounding Trump’s settlement payment to a woman he sexually assaulted, and news surrounding his upcoming trial over hush money he allegedly paid to a porn star he allegedly had sex with while his wife was pregnant.

Is it any wonder the Republican Party is struggling to retain the female vote?

Biden won



% per cent

of the women


to vote


in 2020, and Trump won 44

%,per cent,

according to data from


Pew Research Center.

And now t

it’s from Feb


1 article on a Quinnipiac poll: More women say they will support Biden over Trump, with 58% going for Biden compared


only 36% for Trump, a

5 percent

-point swing from December.

Choosing a wife


n to deliver the

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The rebuttal speech was undoubtedly a conscious effort to correct the Republican party

s lady problems, and styling them


if not

confrontational response to other ‘coloured’ women in the party

Marjorie Marjorie

Taylor Greene.

The 42-year-old rising GOP star wore an understated one



green blouse, a no

crap hair


and minimal makeup. But the look was so generic that if only she could have been a non-specific character in a pharmaceutical ad

were was

collecting flowers at an open-air market or cycling in a sleeveless shirt to celebrate her moderate’s withdrawal


severe plaque psoriasis.

To be honest, deliver the

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address of the opposition


a thankless job. In 2013, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) nervously drank bottled water during his rebuttal speech


and the country never forgot it. Other efforts have been broadcast from a restaurant and


a high school in not-so-subtle attempts to connect with the audience.

Perhaps the producers of the opposition speech were cooking these years

show atmosphere. Celebrity chefs and cooking competitions cut across issues of political divide, although the writers behind Britt’s speech were clearly appealing to the




with the usual topics of conversation about the


the external border, crime by undocumented immigrants, the threat of communist China and Biden’s age.

‘The American dream has become a nightmare’




of Biden’s presidency. If the working-class backdrop was meant to be a safe haven from the liberal maelstrom outside, it backfired. Instead, it dragged viewers back to a time when women knew their place

and it was in the kitchen.


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