You'd think that by now, Republicans would have learned to just stop talking about women altogether, because nothing good ever comes out of their mouths when they do. Yet here we are, with a message from Texas GOP Rep. Pete Sessions that just astounds:
"Dallas County, a few years ago, went through a number of terrible shootings. And I gathered together, they were at the time Republican district judges, and I said, 'Guys, men, women, we've now had I think four or five shootings.' One of them was from a big-time guy in Highland Park who went and killed his wife, just gunned her down. And that was because the judge was unfair, and the woman was unfair. And she demanded something, and he was out. And it was frustration. So now we go through the court system. And unfortunately lives have to be lost and there has to be tragedy—there now is a better system."
This sound like the worst sort of mashup of Trump ramblings offered up as an excuse for murder. Talking Points Memo's Cameron Joseph, who first reported the remarks, says that it's not clear what incident Sessions is even talking about, though, and his campaign has declined to elaborate. What's more, the conservative activist who recorded Sessions making these statements in June says that his staff asked him to take down the video—not that it matters now.
Joseph adds that Sessions is known in D.C. for his "difficult-to-decipher comments" and "frequent use of tangents." What he sounds like is a politician who's badly out of practice talking to voters, which is the sort of thing that happens when you haven't faced a competitive race since 2004. This year is different, though, because Sessions' traditionally Republican district turned sharply against Trump, and as a consequence, he's drawn a stiff challenge from former NFL linebacker turned civil rights attorney Colin Allred. If Sessions keeps running his mouth, he's going to regret it—if he hasn't already.