Republican politicians — particularly male Republican politicians — have a remarkable way of forgetting the position of privilege that so many of them are speaking from. This leads them to join the crowd of male politicians who ignore marginalized voices, and let me tell you, that is a pretty big crowd. The rise of Donald Trump, the ultimate dismisser of anyone non-white and non-male, has seemingly emboldened others — but some of this very broad range of sentiments has been around for quite a while.
The Republican Party often supports policies that have the effect of silencing people who are already marginalized — think of their voter suppression efforts, or their health care plan that caters pretty much exclusively to the rich — but it's rare that a politician will talk openly about those goals. Make no mistake, though — you don't have to dig deep to find a male politician coming out and saying something dismissive about women, people of color, the LGBT community, low-income people, minority religious groups, or any number of other marginalized groups. The following list offers a number of egregious examples, but it's by no means exhaustive. This is proof positive of the work that the country still has to do — the work that will be done only when it's clear to everyone that saying things like this is indefensible.