Missouri GOP Senate candidate criticized for comparing female Dems to Disney villains

Missouri GOP Senate candidate criticized for comparing female Dems to Disney villains

A Missouri GOP Senate candidate is defending a controversial Facebook post in which he compared female Democrats to villains from Disney movies.

Courtland Skyes, who is running in this year's Republican primary to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Democratic-linked group runs ads in Kansas GOP Senate primary Trump mocked for low attendance at rally MORE (D-Mo.), posted a photo Sunday that compares McCaskill to Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll New Monmouth poll finds Biden with 6-point lead MORE to Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty.” The photo also compares Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' MORE (D-Mass.) to Maleficent in the form of a dragon.

The post is captioned, “Democrats dressing for the jobs they want.”

Hundreds of commenters hit back at Sykes’s post, calling it “bullying” and “inappropriate” and saying he should be “ashamed” of it.

“I would show the GOP but it’s hard to draw pond scum,” wrote one commenter.

“Spoken by a true misogynistic Neanderthal,” wrote another. “Strong women must really threaten you.”

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As of publication, the post had garnered 514 shares and 726 comments on Facebook, significantly more than other posts on his page.

Sykes defended the post to Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader, saying it is comparable to Democrats’ criticism of GOP women like presidential adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwaySpecial counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report George and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death MORE, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWatchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol Rabbi memorializes Ginsburg: Her dissents were 'blueprints for the future' MORE.

"After seeing the way Democrats have attacked strong Conservative women like Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and our First Lady, our campaign rightfully pointed out that Democrats are acting [and dressing] like Disney villains," Sykes said in a statement. "If Democrats like Claire McCaskill don’t want to be compared to Disney villains then they should stop emulating them."

Sykes will face off against several other GOP candidates in the state’s August primary, including state attorney general Josh Hawley, who is considered the favorite for the nomination.