While the world waits to hear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify in front of the judiciary committee about her alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans are desperate to find some kind of defense. Meanwhile, new information continues to trickle out and none of it is good for the GOP. Today, after initially keeping his powder dry, President Trump launched into a tweetstorm attacking Dr. Ford and baselessly calling her accusations into question. Other Republicans are following suit and demonstrating the little regard they have for sexual assault victims.
South Carolina GOP representative Ralph Norman decided to open a recent debate with a little joke. Unfortunately, it was a joke about 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg getting sexually assaulted:
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
“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,” he deadpans.
It’s funny because it’s about sexual assault, which is a big joke to them! Also, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is old, GET IT???? With knee-slappers like this, is it any wonder more women don’t come forward about their sexual assaults?
While the quip seemed to get some polite laughter from the crowd, the backlash was fierce.
Like most of the absolute worst bullsh*t that comes out off Republican politicians’ mouths, this particular “joke” has its origins in the right-wing fever swamps.
— Natalie Martinez (@natijomartinez) September 20, 2018
Telling original awful jokes is one thing, but STEALING awful jokes is just plain dumb.
Norman was forced to apologize for the tone-deaf joke on Twitter, while at the same time encouraging people to “lighten up” and attacking Democrats:
Unfortunately, Norman’s opponent in the race has his own history of abuse and has refused to drop out. I guess it’s up to the voters of South Carolina to figure out which of these two jerks they want representing them, but they deserve better. We all do.