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Republicans Fry Roetman for Sexist Groping Comments, Implicitly Question Appropriateness of Trump Leadership

Pat Powers and the South Dakota Republican Party that pays for his spin blogging does not like Dave Roetman, who has caused trouble for the SDGOP by rousing the right-wing anti-vax election deniers in Minnehaha County to challenge the party establishment with radical fringe candidates like election denier turned Secretary of State Monae Johnson. So naturally, when Roetman got a plum job directing the North Dakota GOP, Powers went into blog-war mode, immediately criticizing Roetman and eagerly amplifying North Dakota conservative writer Rob Portman’s reporting on Roetman’s bigoted and sexist social media posts. The “revelation” that Roetman is a male chauvinist pig led Roetman to resign after just a week on the job:

Republican Party Chairwoman Sandi Sanford has confirmed to WDAY Radio Now that recently-appointed North Dakota Republican Party Executive Director David Roetman resigned Monday, effective immediately.

Roetman was named the NDGOP’s Executive Director last Monday.

Roetman provided a written statement to WDAY Radio Now.

“I am a man who stands by his words. I invite everyone to judge them for themselves. I do think this was an unnecessary distraction for the Party, and that I help the party best by taking a different path,” said Roetman.

Roetman’s resignation follows recent reports about some posts to his social media accounts that some observers perceived as controversial [Chris Larson, “Executive Director of North Dakota Republican Party Resigns,” WDAY Radio, 2023.10.30].

Well, it’s nice that even Roetman agrees that making sexist comments that some (?!?) perceive as offensive distracts from running a political party and warrants the stepping aside of the the sexist commenter. But if Roetman, Powers, or any of their state party leaders really meant what they are suggesting about the unfitness of sexist pigs for leadership positions, they’d be recanting all of their previous campaigning for Donald Trump and calling for the Mar-a-lago Menace to follow Mike Pence out of the Presidential race. After all, if Dave Roetman’s public endorsement of groping women disqualifies him from leading one measly state party, Donald Trump’s comparable endorsement of sexual assault should disqualify him from leading the national GOP, not to mention the White House and the free world.


  1. larry kurtz 2023-10-31 07:02

    Pat Powers jealous of someone who has a real job? Say it isn’t so!

  2. larry kurtz 2023-10-31 07:04

    Rob Port is a complete and total loser who like Powers has never seen a corndog he couldn’t inhale.

  3. Scott Ehrisman 2023-10-31 07:24

    While the story about Roetman’s naughty sexist dad jokes is intriguing, I am wondering why the ND GOP didn’t check a few references with Dave’s former employer, the SD GOP? I’m sure a few former employees would love to give Dave a reference about his performance with them.

  4. P. Aitch 2023-10-31 09:21

    It’s essential to award another lost election to Donald Trump for history’s sake.

  5. larry kurtz 2023-10-31 09:50

    The Republican Party is the most malevolent institution on the Earth today so no wonder it’s rotting from the inside out.

  6. e platypus onion 2023-10-31 16:40

    magat Roetman said Blacks should go to Wakanda and women should make sandwiches. Sounds like typical magat talking points to me.

  7. Anne Beal 2023-11-01 01:41

    I thought Dave’s comments were funny, but then, I am not a snowflake. I had not seen any of them until this article came out. I find it hard to believe people didn’t laugh first, and then feign indignation.

    I never thought Trump’s comments about women were offensive either, because they were true..His statement that “when you’re a star, they’ll let you do anything,” was spot on. A man doesn’t even have to be a “star,” he just needs to know how to sing and play a guitar at the same time. Or throw a football and run at the same time, and if he can make a lot of money doing that, there are plenty of women who will let him do anything he wants..Women are attracted to men who can do two things at once, and if they are rich, they are irresistible. Making such an observation isn’t misogyny, it’s anthropology.

    Harder to explain are the MAGAhat election deniers who refuse to get covid shots. That would be like Christians refusing to take Communion. Trump was the guy who green-lit the development of the vaccine, cleared the path to fast-track it, got it paid for, eased the liability for the producers, saw the first batches delivered to all 50 states’ health departments by December 15, 2020, told everybody to get vaccinated and was vaccinated himself 90 days after recovering from Covid.

    I suppose there might be Christians who refuse to take communion and screech about the evils of GMO wheat and grapes, the carbs involved, the toxicity of gluten and alcohol, and don’t care if Jesus said “do this in remembrance of me,” they still won’t take it. But I have never met one. I sure have met a lot of people in MAGA hats who won’t take the vaccine, though. Very strange. Does anybody have an explanation?

  8. larry kurtz 2023-11-01 06:25

    Mrs. Beal and Pat Powers on opposite sides of punishing men who serially commit venial sins without remorse would be comical if it wasn’t so pathetically unchristian.

  9. Dicta 2023-11-01 08:07

    Ah yes, the grab em by the pussy line was anthropological! Pretzel logic at its finest.

  10. Donald Pay 2023-11-01 09:16

    Anne Beal: “Women are attracted to men who can do two things at once, and if they are rich, they are irresistible. Making such an observation isn’t misogyny, it’s anthropology.”

    Women are almost as shallow as men. There’s a Seinfeld episode where George wants to do two of his favorite things: having sex and eating. I guess my problem would be confusing the two.

    Thank you, very much!!!

    From an evolutionary standpoint, though, it does make some sense that women would be more drawn to men who have enough resources (food) and physical ability to provide for and protect her and her offspring.

  11. Donald Pay 2023-11-01 09:36

    Still, Trump’s comments about women were offensive, because they were more about him than about women. Trump is (or was) a sexual predator, and he’s proud of it. Disgusting.

  12. Rick 2023-11-01 10:26

    I’ve referred to Roetman as Ratman for a number of years now. Always thought there was something slimy and malevolent about him. And Anne Beal is not a snowflake, well that’s just nifty! Congratulations.

  13. e platypus onion 2023-11-01 10:36

    Not one to brag, but, I can sit on my butt AND do nothing all day. I can, also, sit at my computer and nap away the hours. That is impressive, is it not?

  14. All Mammal 2023-11-01 10:53

    Ms. Beal- We already know that you have spork toes. Very similar to Ian Fury.

    Not all women are gold diggers or sellouts, like you. I could give a quee how much of a star Trump is. You’re down to get molested for a private jet ride with a goof with bad breath. How cheap, Ian.

  15. larry kurtz 2023-11-01 11:12

    Perfect, DU. I spit coffee reading your pasquinade.

  16. Dicta 2023-11-01 12:21

    Hopefully Anne finishes her dissertation regarding the sociology study “Debbie Does Dallas” and breaks down all the really insightful anthropological ramifications.

  17. M 2023-11-01 17:24

    Obviously some women have evolved much more than others and don’t live their lives according to anthropological urges. When I do have urges, it’s not for someone like Grumpy Trumpy. You couldn’t pay me enough!!!!

    Some women do have standards as well as control.

  18. M 2023-11-01 17:28

    Anne Beal, give women credit for being resourceful when it comes to survival and caring for their offspring, with or without a man. Ain’t no gold diggers in S.D. Who are they going to dig?

  19. Todd Epp 2023-11-01 19:12

    +1 for Larry’s use of “pasquinade”! Read the Dakota Free Press and increase your word power!

  20. larry kurtz 2023-11-01 19:37

    That Cory deserves stuffing his tip jar goes without saying.

    Make it so.

  21. larry kurtz 2023-12-09 07:09

    My thanks go out to Miranda Gohn for his/her/their shout-out over at Pat’s Pissoir!

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