Mocking Kavanaugh Allegations, GOP Rep Says Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was ‘Groped By Abraham Lincoln’

He actually opened a debate with this!

We may have found rock bottom.

At the beginning of a Thursday Congressional debate with his Democratic opponent, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) decided to kick things off with a little joke.

“Did y’all hear this latest late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings?” Norman asked the audience. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”

Yep, a sitting congressman thought it was a good idea to mock the sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while simultaneously making fun of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bade Ginsburg’s age. After tossing out the classless remark, Norman received some scattered laughs and guffaws from those gathered to witness the debate.

While some in the crowd appreciated Norman’s opening line, he immediately drew condemnation from Democrats. South Carolina Democratic Party chair Trav Robertson said “inappropriate doesn’t describe the remarks,” adding that Norman proved he “doesn’t have any class.”

Democratic National Committee associate chair Jaime Harrison tweeted out that Norman’s “stupid joke” was “disgusting” but “expected” from the conservative lawmaker.

Check out video of Norman’s joke below.


Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.