"Just asking?" Atlantic County Republican Freeholder John Carman wrote cheekily on his Facebook page, as he posted an image of a woman in the kitchen that asked:
"Will the women's protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?"
It had been a heady weekend for Carman, who attended President Trump's inauguration with a friend with tickets secured from the office of of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.) and had been interviewed by Fox News, which posted his image on its Instagram account.
But Carman is now under fire from the Atlantic County Democrats —and some of his constituents — for posts he made early Sunday about the Women's March on Washington.
While some commenters cheered him on— "And do the laundry?" wrote one— others took offense.
"I will do everything in my power to make sure your sexist behind never gets elected again," wrote one poster, Kathy Winkler, Monday morning on Carman's Facebook page. "This is exactly the attitude we have [been] fighting against for generations."
Carman wrote back, "Lighten up, it's called humor."
Another poster, Eddie Horan, an adjunct instructor at Stockton University, responded: "Yes, John, it's a joke, but it's a joke that draws from a tradition of sexism and the mistaken belief that a woman's purpose is, without question, domestic chores. As an elected official you should be standing up to stereotypes, not perpetuating them."
Also taking offense were the Atlantic County Democrats, who sent out a news release calling the freeholder's comments "misogynist" and "despicable."
"On Saturday, millions of women all across the country and the world stood up to hate, intolerance, and misogyny," said Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman. "That same day, Freeholder Carman embraced the very hate, intolerance and misogyny just to get a few shallow 'likes' on Facebook. It was classless and his actions should be condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike."
Carman, of Egg Harbor Township, has been a freeholder in the county that is home to Atlantic City, once home to three Trump casinos, since 2014. The Atlantic County Republican Party endorsed Trump for president.
Carman, in an interview, said the post was not meant to offend and that "some people just have to get a sense of humor." He said he supports women's rights, adding, "It's not like we're in the 1700s."
Still, he said he found some of the images from the march objectionable.
"I will support anyone who wants to march," he said. "I am a proponent for women's rights. With that said, some of these marchers, with their vulgarity and replicas of female body parts on your head, they hurt the cause rather than help it. I'm saying 'Come on, really?' That's the part that turns you off."