Responding to a question at a local forum over the weekend, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said that voters should choose him over his female primary opponent, former lieutenant governor Jane Norton, “because I do not wear high heels.” Buck’s spokesperson quickly defended the sexist remarks, saying Norton’s campaign “has made gender an issue” and that “high heels have been invoked at several points in the campaign, including at least once by Norton’s campaign manager”:
“She has questioned my manhood; I think it’s fair to respond,” Buck continues in the video. “I have cowboy boots on. They have real bull — — on ’em. That’s Weld County bull — -, not Washington D.C. bull — -.”
Earlier this month at the Western Conservative Summit, Buck agreed with former GOP congressman Tom Tancreado’s statement that “the greatest threat to this country is the man who occupies the White House.” His campaign spokesman later clarified that the greatest threat not is one man, but the entire progressive movement.