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

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

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South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman drew ire Thursday night, when he made a joke, relating to the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford, of California, professor of psychology, has publicly Kavanaugh claimed held her on a bed and tried to force them to remove their clothes when they were teenagers at a house party in the 1980s.

The opening of a Kiwanis Club debate with his opponent in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Thursday, Norman will use the ongoing controversy to Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, make a joke, The Post and courier reported.

“Have y’all listen to this last late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?” The South Carolinian said. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out, they groped of Abraham Lincoln.”

The Democratic National Committee, associate chairman and former South Carolina party Chairman Jaime Harrison said the comment was “disgusting, but come from Norman … expected.”

So, now, sexual assault is a punchline for a dumb joke! Disgusting, but of Norman… expected! https://t.co/MxZHPwuLsB

— Jaime Harrison (@Harrison Jaime) September 20, 2018

On Twitter, Norman claimed his remark was made, “in order to become a bit of levity to a very serious debate” and “show to the circus atmosphere, Washington, DC.” He accused the Democrats and the media for “add more clowns, and distractions to the current circus.”

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“People really need to lighten up in order to learn,” he said. “Clearly my opponent understood it so, because for the next hour, we engaged in a substantive discussion of our many differences, with no mention of my comments.”

1 of 3: My comments were meant to be earlier, a bit of levity to a very serious debate between me and my Democrat opponent and references to the circus-like atmosphere that Washington DC has become. People really need to lighten up in order to learn.

— Ralph Norman (@Ralph Norman) September 20, 2018

2 of 3: Clearly my opponent understood it so, because for the next hour, we engaged in a substantive discussion of our many differences, with no mention of my comments.

— Ralph Norman (@Ralph Norman) September 20, 2018

3 3: again, the Democrats and the media have taken an event, the report was worth for so many reasons relating to the content, and now, more clowns, and distractions add to the current circus.

— Ralph Norman (@Ralph Norman) September 20, 2018

But Archie Parnell, Norman Democratic opponent in the 5. District, criticized the comments on social media.

“My opponent seems to think that sexual assault is a joke. Not,” it said Parnell. “But I think this is the best of what we can expect from someone who pulled a loaded gun on his own electorate.”

My opponent apparently thinks that sexual assault is a joke. It is not. But I think this is the best of what we can expect from someone who pulled a loaded gun on his own constituents. https://t.co/1RBvMn6zIw

— Archie Parnell (@Archie4Congress) September 20, 2018

In April, Norman was heavily criticized for pulling out a loaded gun and laid it on the table while you make a “coffee with a member of the groups” in Rock Hill.

“I’m not going to Gabby Giffords,” Norman said, referring to the former Arizona Congresswoman who was shot to death outside a grocery store in 2011.

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Parnell, ire has pulled in the election. In may, court documents revealed that he battered his ex-wife in the 1970s.

Kathleen Parnell said, the marriage ended after her then-husband allegedly “unjustified accusations”, and you suggested several times. She claimed in the divorce Parnell a tyre iron to break a night out, a glass door to enter an apartment where she was hiding from him. He then allegedly accusations against his wife and attacked her several times. She was beaten again later in the same night, according to The Postal and courier services.

Parnell has called his actions “inexcusable wrong and downright embarrassing.”

“Forty-five years ago, while still a college student, I have something that I regret every single day since,” Parnell said in a statement. “In response to the actions I feel no need to clarify, I struck out and became violent with other people, including my Ex-wife led to a divorce and a monumental change in my life.”

South Carolina GOP Chairman, Drew McKissick defended Norman joke while allusion to Parnell ‘ s behavior in the past and failed.

“The joke is Democrats using the same old playbook from last minute attacks against conservatives, while at the same time, the support of a candidate for Congress that did really commit assault against a woman,” McKissick of The Postal and courier services said.

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

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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