GOP Lawmaker Mocks Sexual Assault With Stunning Attack On Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
On Thursday, GOP Congressman Ralph Norman (S.C.) mocked the sexual misconduct accusations brought against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh by targetting Justice Ruth Baber Ginsburg.
“Did you hear about this?” Norman, who has represented South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District since 2017, said at an election debate.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out saying she was groped by Abraham Lincoln,” he quipped about the 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice, according to The Post and Courier.
The comments from Norman comment sparked nervous laughter at the venue in which the debate was being held, the newspaper said. But South Carolina Democrats quickly blasted the remark as “inappropriate.”
“My opponent apparently thinks sexual assault is a joke. It is not,” Norman’s Democratic opponent in this year’s midterm election, Archie Parnell told the news outlet. “But I guess that’s the best we can expect from someone who pulled a loaded gun on his own constituents.”
Others called Norman out on social media.
“Ralph Norman just proved he may be rich but he doesn’t have any class,” Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson tweeted. “Inappropriate doesn’t describe his remarks.”
@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, 2018
Norman’s remarks come as Kavanaugh faces increased scrutiny over sexual misconduct accusations brought against him.
Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old psychology professor in North California, came forward publicly on Sunday, detailing her allegations against Kavanaugh to The Washington Post.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed one summer while they were in high school in the 1980s. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh and groped “her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.” She also alleges that he held his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
Kavanaugh has denied the charges.
This is not the first time Norman has sparked controversy. Earlier this year he came under fire after pulling a loaded gun at a meeting with constituents to make a point about the dangers of firearms, the paper notes.
Norman’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this report.