Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a conservative Polish politician, is being investigated for hate speech after claiming that “women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent.”
The president of the European Parliament launched an investigation into Korwin-Mikke last week, CNN reports, on the grounds that he violated Rule 11 of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure. The rule stipulates that “members’ conduct shall be (characterized) by mutual respect” and that “members shall not resort to defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or (behavior) in parliamentary debates.” Those who violate the rule may be subject to reprimands, fines, or temporary suspension.
Korwin-Mikke made the incendiary remarks during a speech to the Polish parliament in Warsaw, according to CBS. He was responding to lawmaker Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus, who said she would not allow him to “offend Polish women, European women and women all over the world.”
“It’s a disgrace,” Scheuring-Wielgus added.
Korwin-Mikke, who leads his own right-wing party within the Polish government, does indeed have quite the track record when it comes to spouting outrageous, sexist comments. He has previously claimed that women should lose the right to vote, and that the difference between rape and consensual sex is “very subtle.”
The 74-year-old has also publicly referred to African Americans as “niggers,” and referred to migrants as “human garbage” in a speech. In October 2015, the BBC reports, he was suspended for 10 days after making the Nazi salute during a parliamentary session.
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