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 McCaskillGOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb' Iranian attacks expose vulnerability of campaign email accounts Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity MORE (D-Mo.), posted a photo Sunday that compares McCaskill to Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE to Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty.” The photo also compares Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment 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 ConwayVaping advocates feel confident Trump will turn from flavor ban Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Krystal Ball praises former McConnell aide's historic win in Kentucky MORE, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings 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.