Why do some of Republicans have such a cavalier attitude toward sexual abuse? There is Roy Moore (R-AL) who lost his Senate seat after word escaped that he had a string of allegations of hanging out at the mall and molesting girls he found there. He is thinking of running again. Of course, there is Donald Trump who bragged in a lewd manner about molesting women to an NBC Access Hollywood host. Now, this happened.
Two Oklahoma state legislators were making comments just before Governor Kevin Stitt’s (R) press conference about the state budget was set to begin. What they did not realize was that the microphones were hot.
Representative Mark McBride’s (R) and Representative Scott Fetgatter’s (R) could be heard, according to Oklahoma City’s TV9. McBride asked Fegatter:
‘You molested this girl after Kennedy did?’
Then, Fetgatter appeared to respond:
‘No, I was at the table, and I allowed it.’
McBride asked Fetgatter:
‘Are you sure it wasn’t a donkey or a goat?’
They were referring to an investigation into Representative Chris Kennedy (R) after a blogger accused him of touching a female representative inappropriately. She has since retired.
After their crude comments went live, McBride refused to make a comment. However, Fetgatter released a statement that read:
‘My comments have been taken out of context and were only in response to a question directed toward me. I apologize if my remarks in any way trivialized the serious nature of sexual assault. To be clear I have never seen anything inappropriate happen or sexual harassment occur during my time in the House of Representatives. I hope this investigation, which is routine when an HR complaint is filed, is settled quickly so that reputations of the innocent are preserved.’
When Donald Trump was elected, the women of the country erupted in protest. As a result, the Me Too Movement arose. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Chris Blasey’s testified alleging Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were in high school. The cultural atmosphere and women’s’ votes do not tolerate sexual abuse humor anywhere.