(Salon) -- There are a lot of Republicans running for president in 2016, and they have denounced a lot of things. The specific lists of disapproval vary from candidate to candidate; Mike Huckabee, for instance, has got a pretty solid roster of stuff that makes him cluck his tongue, which might be longer than those of his dozen-plus peers who didn’t spend the presidential election off-season bloviating on Fox News. But one thread among several of the GOP presidential contenders is a searing disdain for unwed mothers, who are apparently responsible for America’s moral and economic decay.
While the majority of Republican candidates (with the partial exception of George Pataki) advocate policies that do zilch for single parents and, as a general rule, strip women of control over their bodies, livelihoods and futures, not all of the hopeful nominees have openly demonized unwed mothers. Ted Cruz has illustrated that he doesn’t actually know what single moms do to support their families (besides wait tables, of course) and Marco Rubio thinks having kids out of wedlock increases the poverty rate by 82 percent — but theirs appears to be an adversarial relationship with unwed mothers, not so much a transparently misogynist one.