The CEO of a small marketing firm in Dallas is defending a private Facebook post that declared "a female shouldn't be president," noting "hormones" and other arguments.
Cheryl Rios, CEO of Go Ape Marketing, posted on her Facebook page in response to Hillary Clinton's announcement on Sunday that she's vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"If this happens -- I am moving to Canada," Rios' post read. "There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country — but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man."
After a barrage of criticism, Rios defended her statement via Twitter.
I am an individual with my own personal beliefs, any previous clients and/or current have nothing to do with it & Gas Monkey isn't a client— GoApeMarketing (@JustGoApe) April 14, 2015
In an extended post late Tuesday, Rios wrote: "Will say this and leave it at that. I believe in what I believe. In this great country we are allowed our own opinions. Mine may be something you don't agree with, and so be it. I am old fashioned, I am Christian and believe what I have said.
"I didn't say that women should be abused, or that they are stupid or can't be lawyers, doctors or run successful businesses, I fully know and support that they can as I have done that. I mentioned one position only the Head of our government, the Head of State, the Commander in Chief, the President. With that, please stop the nastiness as it wasn't meant in that light. Peace, Love and Happiness."
Rios could not be reached for comment.