Karen Handel’s election win in the sixth congressional district of Georgia Tuesday night made her the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Georgia. It was a hard-fought race that left the feminist left conspicuously silent on the milestone.
Handel noted in her victory speech “the obligation of being the first Republican woman elected to Congress from the great state of Georgia,” as the crowd shouted, “Karen! Karen! Karen!”
She also recalled meeting a young eight-year-old girl on the campaign trail who told her, “Karen if you can win, it says to every eight-year-old girl that she can do it, too.”
“You did it, girl!” a supporter had yelled as Handel began her victory speech.
Conservatives cheered the historic event:
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) June 21, 2017
Congratulations to all feminists on Karen Handel's victory! Another woman in the House!
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 21, 2017
But women on the left were conspicuously silent, with some tweeting GIFs of disgusted faces, or accusing Handel of lying.
— snowangel (@Snowangel11) June 21, 2017
Conservative pundits mocked the notable silence.
Some celebrated Handel’s victory with the hashtag “#ShePersisted” — used by the left in support of Hillary Clinton and more recently, California Sen. Kamala Harris (D), after she was interrupted several times during a Senate hearing, or #ImWithHer, a Clinton rallying cry.
Group hug because #ShePersisted and beat Ossoff right? Women Rule right! Glass ceiling!
— Ὃ (@puffdaddymac21) June 21, 2017
Some journalists pointed out the discrepancy — with angry responses and more attacks on Handel.
Important to remember: Handel 1st ever GA GOP woman elected to Congress. Feminist movement, equality & womens rights is bipartisan right?
— Suzanne Kianpour (@KianpourWorld) June 21, 2017
1.) Why are you yelling me in all caps?
2.) I am a reporter reporting a fact. It is a fact she is the first woman GOP Rep. from Georgia https://t.co/BW3VYu9uLX
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) June 21, 2017
One woman summed it all up in one tweet.
— Tammy Renee #SuperElite (@tamyf8) June 21, 2017