Police arrested Rep. Doug McLeod, a Mississippi lawmaker over the weekend, for punching his wife in the face.
According to her, he “just snapped” when he demanded sex and she couldn’t remove her clothes quickly enough.
The George County Sheriff’s Department filed an incident report stating that the 58-year-old representative for Lucedale was drunk when he hit her in the face and bloodied her nose.
A police report says Republican state Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale, Miss., punched his wife in the face after she didn't undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex. #Mississippi #domesticviolence https://t.co/Dp6Ti96I8T pic.twitter.com/F65zvPeGG9
— Jackson Free Press (@JxnFreePress) May 21, 2019
Obviously he was struggling to keep it up ????
— rmcgh (@rmcgh) May 22, 2019
Deputies responding to the scene found blood all over the couple’s bed on the second floor of the house and discovered McLeod heavily intoxicated, stumbling around the house and slurring his speech.
Another unidentified woman was at the scene. She and McLeod’s wife locked themselves in another room while he banged on their door and threatened to kill his wife’s dog if she refused to open the door.
People drew conclusions on his stance on abortion through the details of his violent act:
So what are his votes on women’s issues like? Let me guess…
— OldEnoughtoKnow (@central_intrig) May 22, 2019
Mississippi legislator Doug McLeod (R) was arrested for allegedly punching his wife in the face because she didn’t strip fast enough when he demanded sex. He also sponsored a draconian bill banning abortion. Totally coincidental, I’m sure. https://t.co/XfImoiXXaM
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) May 22, 2019
this says it all about Southern men and their "respect" for women, doesn't it? One rep the other day called women, "hosts"……hosts, i guess, for their superior, godly sperm….
— KC (@squirrelinNH) May 22, 2019
The second-term representative was booked at George County Jail with one misdemeanor count of domestic violence.
— Marc Adetou (@MAdetou) May 22, 2019
Another white, male, Republican politician that drinks and abuses his wife. Is this a prerequisite?
— stephanie (@honesteph) May 22, 2019
After hearing about the horrific allegation, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn called for the lawmaker’s resignation.
A statement was forwarded to the Huffington Post in which Gunn wrote:
“I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true. These actions are unacceptable for anyone.”
McLeod has represented George and Stone counties since 2012. He’s unopposed for reelection this year.
The party of family values, y'all!!!
— Luis Rodriguez (@lrodriguez7351) May 22, 2019
Mississippi GOP Chairman Lucien Smith also asked for McLeod to step down.
“If the allegations against Rep. McLeod are true, he should resign immediately. Violence in any relationship is unacceptable, and I condemn this conduct in the strongest possible terms.”
Nothing to see here. Just locker room behavior. ????
— Tre Smith (@tre258090) May 22, 2019
WJTV reported that Governor Phil Bryant responded to the incident. His staff issued this brief statement:
“Governor Bryant believes that acts of abuse of any kind are reprehensible. He trusts local authorities to look into and thoroughly investigate this matter.”
— Jeannie Hartley (@Jeannie_Hartley) May 22, 2019
McLeod was released on a Monday on a $1,000 “signature bond,” which means he did not pay the fee but will go to jail if he fails to show up in court.
WJTV reported the legislature has yet to announce any disciplinary action against the abusive representative.