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September 3rd, 2014
05:54 PM ET

DNC chair: Tea party is 'grabbing us by the hair'

(CNN) – DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, made a controversial statement following comments at a round-table discussion on women's issues at the Milwaukee Athletic Club Wednesday.

"Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality… what Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch," Schultz said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Democratic National Committee was quick to walk back the comments comparing politics to domestic abuse and violence against women.

"Domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue and the Congresswoman was by no means belittling the very real pain survivors experience," the DNC said in a statement.

The DNC spokesperson went on to say the fact of the matter is Walker's policies had been bad for Wisconsin's women.

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