In front of a national backdrop in which Washington D.C. is spellbound with the drama surrounding the 36-year-old sexual assault allegations Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a federal lawmaker in South Carolina is in hot water after attempting to make a joke about sexual assault and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman, who is up for re-election this November, showed up to a debate in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Thursday and asked people in the audience, “Did y’all hear the latest late-breaking news on the Kavanaugh hearings?” Norman then provided his punchline: Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”
While the remark drew some laughter and applause inside the room, the reactions from many has been anything but favorable.. The South Carolina arm of the Democratic party denounced the joke as “disgusting” and “sexist.”
— SC Democratic Party (@scdp) September 20, 2018
@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
According to The Post and Courier, Norman was unfazed by the criticism and brushed it off.
“My comments earlier today were meant to add a bit of levity to a very serious debate between me and my Democrat opponent and to point to the circus-like atmosphere that Washington DC has become. People really need to learn to lighten up.
1 of 3: My comments earlier today were meant to add a bit of levity to a very serious debate between me and my Democrat opponent and to point to the circus-like atmosphere that Washington DC has become. People really need to learn to lighten up.
— Ralph Norman (@RalphNorman) September 20, 2018
“People really need to learn to lighten up,” Norman added. “Clearly my opponent understood it that way since for the next hour we engaged in a substantive discussion about our many differences without mention of my comments.”
Meanwhile, in Washington, negotiations between Ford’s lawyers and the Senate Judiciary Committee are still ongoing, with the possibility of Ford testifying next Wednesday. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, however, vowed Kavanaugh would be confirmed to the Supreme Court no matter what, saying, “In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the U.S. Supreme Court. So, my friends, keep the faith. Don’t get rattled by all this. We’re going to plow right through it and do our job,” The Washington Post reported.
Below, watch a video clip of Norman’s remark.
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
Read the full story at The Telegraph.