GOP congressional candidate said US suffered from women's suffrage and praised organization trying to repeal 19th Amendment
(CNN) A Michigan candidate for the US House backed by former President Donald Trump once railed against giving women the right to vote, arguing that America has "suffered" since women's suffrage.
Anne Marie Schieber, a spokesperson for Gibbs' campaign told CNN that Gibbs believed women should be allowed to vote and work.
"John made the site to provoke the left on campus and to draw attention to the hypocrisy of some modern-day feminists.
It was nothing more than a college kid being over the top," she said in an email.
"Of course, John does not believe that women shouldn't vote or shouldn't work, and his mother worked for thirty-three years for the Michigan Department of Transportation!"
On the site, Gibbs actively argued against women being granted the right to vote, saying it led to an enlarged federal government.
"Some argue that in a democratic society, it is hypocritical or unjust for women, who are 50% of the population, not to have the vote," Gibbs' website read .
In addition, all people under age 18 cannot vote, although they too comprise a significant portion of the population.
So we cannot say that women should be able to vote simply because they are a large part of the population."
"And since women's suffrage has caused this to occur on a larger scale than any other cause in history, we conclude that the United States has suffered as a result of women's suffrage."
"When I got to Stanford, I got to know some conservatives there through the Stanford Review," Gibbs said.
Gibbs' website also said having more women in the workplace affected chemistry and led to less qualified employees.