A Polish member of the European Parliament returned on Friday to make sexist statements by pointing out that “it is a stereotype of the twentieth century that women have the same intellectual potential as men” and that the notion “must be destroyed because it is not true.”
The insults by Janusz Korwin-Mikke in Warsaw came two days after he told the European Parliament that “women should earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent.”
The parliamentary president opened an investigation into the statements on Thursday, whereby Korwin-Mikke could face sanctions ranging from a reprimand or a fine to a temporary suspension.
His most recent offensive came after being challenged by lawmakers during a visit to the Polish parliament in Warsaw. Joanna Scheuring-Wielgus of the Modern party accused him of offending women and said she would not allow him to do it again.
“There are more women than men in Poland, we are better educated, and I will not allow you to offend Polish women, European women or women around the world. It is a disgrace,” she said.
Korwin-Mikke has a history of drawing attention to his outrageous comments, including the comparison of the European Union with the Third Reich.
In 2015, he raised his arm in a Nazi salute in the European Parliament which forced the centrist government in Warsaw to apologize and express shame for his behavior.
Korwin-Mikke heads a small party that did not get 5% of the vote in Poland’s most recent parliamentary election in 2014, so it did not exceed the 5% threshold to win any seats.