A Telegraph columnist shared some everyday sexism about Liz Truss being a mum and got the mother of all Twitter drubbings
Tuesday night’s Tory leadership head-to-head seems to have been hit by a curse.
Firstly, it featured Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss. Secondly, planned co-host Harry Cole tested positive for Covid. And thirdly, the presenter who did make it to the show fainted, bringing proceedings to a premature close.
— JMCJ (@JMCJeffers) July 26, 2022
Happily, she is fine after the episode, and posted this reassuring message.
Well that wasn't how last night was supposed to end! Thanks everyone for the lovely messages❤️- I'm fine now – and apologies to @trussliz and @RishiSunak for cutting the debate short. Tonight I'll be unpicking the debate with some new polling from 7pm ( …yes, sat down!)
— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) July 27, 2022
Twitter reacted to the shocking moment, which was broadcast live.
Kate McCann doing well after ‘fainting’ during 378th anecdote about Liz Truss growing up in Leeds.
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) July 26, 2022
Liz Truss's popularity rating with Tory Party members has fallen dramatically after she accidentally displayed signs of empathy when Kate McCann fainted.
— Parody Boris (@Parody_PM) July 27, 2022
Liz Truss's 'oh my God' reaction when Kate McCann fainted is the first genuinely human thing I've ever seen her do.
— Stuart Douglas (@stuartamdouglas) July 26, 2022
With the very best wishes to Kate McCann for a speedy recovery, sending the host to sleep isn’t a great result for either of the contenders… https://t.co/RldJlAnXZz
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) July 26, 2022
Telegraph columnist, Tim Stanley, invoked the ghost of Andrea Leadsom’s Tory leadership bid, with this everyday sexism.
Tweeters were never going to let that slide – and these takedowns were deservedly savage.
At medical school we were asked whether we saw ourselves as future parents. Those that didnt were guided down a corridor to the exit, where a bus labelled "Non emergency medicine" drove us away. https://t.co/mmXFcTTdms
— Paul Sinha (@paulsinha) July 27, 2022
Two things: first, "lightning", not "lightening", and second, this is stupid reductive bullshit. Reacting with shock and running to help someone who's fainted is basic human decency, definitely not specific to "mums" 🙄 https://t.co/KIFYrlXZma
— Kate Bevan 🇺🇦 (@katebevan) July 26, 2022
because dads are famously known for not giving a shit about people fainting https://t.co/IMrbxZJsFM
— Philip Cowley (@philipjcowley) July 27, 2022
“… whatever her job, she is first and foremost a mum.” Today’s most patronising horseshit comes from Tim Stanley in The Daily Telegraph. pic.twitter.com/8hBdd7X1cS
— Mic Wright (@brokenbottleboy) July 27, 2022
Tim Stanley has no children but does appear to have mummy issues pic.twitter.com/VSvPZKaZ9b
— GC 〓〓 (@GavinCurnow) July 27, 2022
Are we really doing this again? https://t.co/rRmvky5L82
— Chris Curtis (@chriscurtis94) July 27, 2022
As someone without children I am incapable of empathy and thus my only reaction to someone dramatically fainting in front of me is loudly singing "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" as I line up for a WWE-style elbow drop.
Thank heavens a mum was there.
— Dmitry Grozoubinski (@DmitryOpines) July 27, 2022
whereas a childless woman would have shrugged and lit a fag. https://t.co/w2AeKUNSWA
— euan mccolm (@euanmccolm) July 27, 2022
— Mikey Schmikey 🏴🇺🇦🏳️🌈🇪🇺 (@mikeyplewis) July 27, 2022
This is quite right. If it had been a woman who didn't have kids, she would have completely ignored what was taking place in front of her. Physically, she might not even have been able to see it.
— Cosmoiselle (@Bec2043) July 27, 2022
"Imagine how much better Florence Nightingale would have done, if only she'd had children…" said no-one, ever. https://t.co/GTYMyzOEeE
— Inspector Whatman: Sleeper Squad (@govauctionnews) July 27, 2022
It led one person to come up with a way of making the contest a little more interesting.
The next test for our would-be leaders will be who will be the first to rescue a puppy from a raging house fire. https://t.co/Ys9JVIlmNz
— Stephen (@stfawcs) July 27, 2022
We’d quite like to see them decide the result via a Gladiators-style obstacle course. The contestants could be temporarily dubbed Pharmacy Boy and Pork Markets.