On Thursday, a South Carolina Republican Congressman decided to twist Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault investigation into a sick joke.
During an election debate, U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-Rock Hill) made light of the “latest drama” facing Washington after Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party while the two were in high school.
“Did y’all hear this latest late-breaking news on the Kavanaugh hearings?” he said. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out saying she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”
The joked received little laughs from the Kiwanis Club of Rock Hill, but drew massive criticisms from Democrats on social media.
@jslovegrove Ralph Norman just proved he may be rich but he doesn’t have any class. His opening joke about RBG’s comments on the Kavanaugh hearings—“RBG, I don’t know what the problem is…Abe Lincoln grouped me…” inappropriate doesn’t describe his remarks.
— Trav Robertson (@TravRobertson) September 20, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
So now sexual assault is a punchline for a stupid joke! Disgusting but coming from Norman… expected! https://t.co/MxZHPwuLsB
— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) September 20, 2018
Norman’s opponent, Sumter Democrat Archie Parnell, said his comments revealed his true character.
“My opponent apparently thinks sexual assault is a joke. It is not,” Parnell said. “But I guess that’s the best we can expect from someone who pulled a loaded gun on his own constituents.”
Watch the video below.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman: “Did y’all hear the latest late-breaking news on the Kavanaugh hearings? Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.” https://t.co/qfEneGbxxZ pic.twitter.com/p51z9UZkEt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 20, 2018
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The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
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