Rep. Elise Stefanik has a well deserved reputation as one of the most reasonable, well spoken Republican politicians out there. But she’s young and female — and did we mention Republican? — so ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd wants to tear her down.

Since he can’t do it on intellectual merits, he’s opted to go this route:

Class act, that Matthew Dowd.

Seems like Matt’s the one missing the point. The point being that he’s a sexist jerk.

Stefanik’s GOP colleague Mark Meadows also defended Stefanik:

His words were appreciated, though Stefanik is quite capable of defending herself, too. We’ll give her the last word:

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Update:

Hold up, guys. Matthew’s not a jackass; he’s just misunderstood:

Sure, Jan.

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Update:

He’s so sorry, you guys.

He deleted the tweet. So no harm, no foul, right?

Well, all the same, just to be safe:

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Update:

Anyone up for a quick flashback?

So yeah. Dowd’s full of it.

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