Now Republican women are begging party leaders to avoid further disaster as its war on women explodes in its face.
The Republican Party's embrace of anti-woman attitudes has gone so far that even Republican women in Congress are beginning to speak up about it.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) told Politico, "we are at a crisis level for GOP women," and said the recent election "should be a wake-up call to Republicans that we need to do better." Stefanik admitted that the party has been "suppressing" women's voices.
The congresswoman has faced opposition in her attempts to recruit women to run for office under the party's banner. When she called for devoting resources to support women running as Republicans, the new chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), said that would be a "mistake."
"I am tired of having this issue within our conference." Stefanik said.
While the Democratic victory in the midterm election was powered by women voters and candidates, Republicans have been on the losing end as they embraced misogyny.
Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) told Politico, "I have seen no sign" of reflection by party leaders about the problems with the women's vote despite the electoral drubbing they received. Wagner told the outlet that female candidates face sexism from the male-dominated network of donors in Republican circles.
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) said the fact that 90 percent of the 103 women in the House will be Democrats while Republican numbers dwindle is "so disappointing I could just scream."
Republican women are now exposing their party's bigotry in the hopes of improving their overall political fortunes. Speaking at the Women Rules event held by Politico, other Republican women called out the party's sexist attitudes.
Sarah Chamberlain, president and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, said she met several Republican women who complained to her about Trump's tweets attacking porn star Stormy Daniels as a "horseface."
Trump has often attacked women in that manner, with little outcry or condemnation from his fellow Republican lawmakers, making him the most obvious symbol of the right's anti-woman stance. He is also an admitted sexual assaulter and has used his position to attack and demean women. But the problem extends far beyond him and his presidency.
Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) lost her race against Democrat Ben McAdams and was mocked by Trump for not marching in lockstep with his misogynist administration. "Mia Love gave me no love and she lost," he said.
At the event, Love responded to Trump, "My job is not to walk in lockstep with somebody just because they’re sitting in the White House."
The comment appeared to not just rebuke Trump, but to call out the Republicans, like outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), who have remained quiet as the party echoed and emulated Trump's hostility to women.
Republicans have attacked women's health and rights as part of the war on women, extending to Congress and statehouses, and their behavior is helping put the party on the losing end of elections. Now, even Republican women are speaking up in hopes of correcting the party's disastrous path.
It remains to be seen whether the men in control will listen, or care.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.