People’s Party Rebuke Vox Politician’s Views On Violence Against Women

Alberto Nunez Feijoo with politicians from his People's Party

People's Party Rebuke Vox Politician's Views On Violence Against Women Credit: Alberto Núñez Feijóo/ Twitter

Peoples Party (PP) leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has denounced Vox politician José María Llanos’ statement that male violence against women does not exist. Along with the PP representative in Valencia, he spoke out against the statement yesterday, June 16.

Alberto Núñez Feijóo posted this on Twitter saying: “Gender violence exists and every murder of a woman shocks us as a society. From @ppopular we will not take a step back in the fight against this scourge. We are not going to give up our principles, whatever it costs us.”

There seems to be something lost in the semantics as José María Llanos’ of the right-wing nationalist Vox party originally was quoted by Ser as saying in a declaration to TVE: “Macho violence does not exist”, which he later retracted.

Llanos posted on Twitter saying: “I would like to rectify and condemn all types of violence against women, including sexist violence. What I deny is the existence of gender violence. We will fight to eradicate all types of violence and offer a legal framework that allows us to protect all victims.”

This denial of ‘gender’ violence sits alongside the conservative right’s general view that denies people a right to self-identify in terms of gender. The statement however, says that Llanos condemns ‘all types of violence’ with a pledge of protection for all victims.

Feijóo responded to Llanos’ comments on Twitter saying: “We are not going to give up our principles, whatever it costs us,” as the Peoples Party look to consolidate their position in the conservative centre ground ahead of this summer’s snap general election.

Carlos Mazón who represents the People’s Party in Valencia, where José María Llanos represents Vox, has backed up his party leader on Twitter saying:

“Gender violence and violence do exist. It is a scourge against which I will not stop fighting. The Government that he presides over is not only not going to back down, but will reinforce any protection measure for women against any form of violence.”

The forthcoming elections will establish whether Vox has made a misstep. They may yet reconfirm their position, but even if they maintain their current stance they are likely to retain their support from voters who share their views on gender and sexuality.

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