GOP lawmaker jokes about Kavanaugh allegation, says Abe Lincoln ‘groped’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., is under fire for joking that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was "groped" by Abraham Lincoln as the back-and-forth over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues. Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenager when he was in high school.

Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., is beneath hearth for joking that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was “groped” by Abraham Lincoln because the back-and-forth over Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues. Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a youngster when he was in highschool. (AP Photograph/Chuck Burton)

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman drew ire Thursday night time when he made a joke pertaining to the sexual assault allegation towards Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor, has publicly alleged Kavanaugh held her on a mattress and tried to forcibly take away her garments after they have been youngsters at a home social gathering within the 1980s.

Opening a Kiwanis Membership debate along with his opponent in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Thursday, Norman used the continuing controversy surrounding Kavanaugh’s affirmation listening to to make a joke, The Publish and Courier reported.

“Did y’all hear this newest late-breaking information from the Kavanaugh hearings?” the South Carolinian mentioned. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg got here out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

Democratic Nationwide Committee affiliate chairman and former South Carolina social gathering chairman Jaime Harrison mentioned the remark was “disgusting however coming from Norman … anticipated.”

So now sexual assault is a punchline for a silly joke! Disgusting however coming from Norman… anticipated! https://t.co/MxZHPwuLsB

— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) September 20, 2018

On Twitter, Norman claimed his remark was made “so as to add a little bit of levity to a really severe debate” and to “level to the circus-like ambiance that Washington, D.C. has change into.” He blamed Democrats and the media for “including extra clowns and distractions to the present circus.”

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“Folks actually need to study to loosen up,” he mentioned. “Clearly my opponent understood it that manner since for the following hour we engaged in a substantive dialogue about our many variations with out point out of my feedback.”

1 of three: My feedback earlier at present have been meant so as to add a little bit of levity to a really severe debate between me and my Democrat opponent and to level to the circus-like ambiance that Washington DC has change into. Folks actually need to study to loosen up.

— Ralph Norman (@RalphNorman) September 20, 2018

2 of three: Clearly my opponent understood it that manner since for the following hour we engaged in a substantive dialogue about our many variations with out point out of my feedback.

— Ralph Norman (@RalphNorman) September 20, 2018

three of three: As soon as once more, the Democrats and the media have taken an occasion that was newsworthy for thus many substantive causes and are actually solely including extra clowns and distractions to the present circus.

— Ralph Norman (@RalphNorman) September 20, 2018

However Archie Parnell, Norman’s Democratic opponent within the fifth district, criticized the remarks on social media.

“My opponent apparently thinks sexual assault is a joke. It’s not,” Parnell mentioned. “However I assume that’s the very best we are able to count on from somebody who pulled a loaded gun on his personal constituents.”

My opponent apparently thinks sexual assault is a joke. It’s not. However I assume that’s the very best we are able to count on from somebody who pulled a loaded gun on his personal constituents. https://t.co/1RBvMn6zIw

— Archie Parnell (@Archie4Congress) September 20, 2018

In April, Norman was closely criticized for pulling out a loaded handgun and putting it on the desk throughout a “espresso with constituents” assembly in Rock Hill.

“I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords,” Norman mentioned then, referring to the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot exterior a grocery retailer in 2011.

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Parnell, too, has drawn ire within the election. In Could, court docket paperwork have been revealed displaying he abused his ex-wife within the 1970’s.

Kathleen Parnell mentioned the wedding ended after her then-husband allegedly made “unwarranted accusations” and beat her a number of instances. She claimed in divorce papers Parnell used a tire iron one night time to interrupt a glass door to enter an residence the place she was hiding from him. He then allegedly made accusations towards his spouse and attacked her a number of instances. She was overwhelmed once more later the identical night time, based on The Publish and Courier.

Parnell has known as his actions “inexcusable, improper and downright embarrassing.”

“Forty-five years in the past, whereas nonetheless a school pupil, I did one thing that I’ve regretted each single day since,” Parnell mentioned in an announcement. “In response to actions I really feel pointless to specify, I lashed out and have become violent with different folks, together with my former spouse, which led to a divorce and monumental change in my life.”

South Carolina GOP chairman Drew McKissick defended Norman’s joke whereas alluding to Parnell’s previous misconduct.

“The joke is Democrats operating the identical outdated playbook of final minute assaults towards conservatives, whereas on the similar time supporting a candidate for Congress that really did commit assault towards a girl,” McKissick instructed The Publish and Courier.

Fox Information’ Terace Garnier and Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox Information. Comply with her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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