A Republican convention in California, which promised to “rebuild the party from the ground up,” handed out buttons body shaming Hillary Clinton.
The convention was reportedly aimed at distancing the party from its Tea Party elements, including panels like “Grassroots 101: Latino Engagement” and “Women on the Right,” but paraphernalia handed out to constituents seemed to indicate otherwise.
Senior political writer Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted an image of “popular buttons” that read “KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts … Left Wing.”
Another button made a less ad hominem, but equally Tea Party statement: “I still hate Commies … even after they changed their name to Liberals.”
According to ThinkProgress, the Republican party is trying to distance itself from previous GOP comments that could be viewed as sexist or as displaying a general misunderstanding of the female anatomy, like Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) claiming that “legitimate rape” victims can’t get pregnant and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan saying he wanted to try termination of pregnancy as a homicide crime.
The Republican National Committee has said that GOP candidates “need to use language that addresses concerns that are on women’s minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them."
Shortly after a picture of the buttons was tweeted, Marinucci tweeted a follow up saying that the buttons were removed from the convention.
“Less than hour after we 1st tweeted, appears offensive #Hillary buttons gone from #cagop. Many here also appalled,” she wrote.