South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman drew ire Thursday night when he made a joke pertaining to the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Opening a Kiwanis Club debate with his opponent in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Thursday, Norman used the ongoing controversy surrounding Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to make a joke, The Post and Courier reported.
Democratic National Committee associate chairman and former South Carolina party chairman Jaime Harrison said the comment was “disgusting but coming from Norman … expected.”
He then allegedly made accusations against his wife and attacked her several times.
South Carolina GOP chairman Drew McKissick defended Norman’s joke while alluding to Parnell’s past misconduct.
So now sexual assault is a punchline for a stupid joke! Disgusting but coming from Norman... expected! https://t.co/MxZHPwuLsB— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) September 20, 2018
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
2 of 3: 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.— Ralph Norman (@RalphNorman) September 20, 2018
3 of 3: Once again, the Democrats and the media have taken an event that was newsworthy for so many substantive reasons and are now only adding more clowns and distractions to the current circus.— Ralph Norman (@RalphNorman) September 20, 2018