“Did y’all hear this latest late-breaking news on the Kavanaugh hearings?” Norman asked attendees at a Kiwanis Club gathering in Rock Hill, S.C..
For those of you doing your level best to tune out all the noise coming from Washington, D.C., that’s a reference to the contentious U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for judge Brett Kavanaugh, president Donald Trump’s pick to replace outgoing senior associate justice Anthony Kennedy.
Wait for the punch line …
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out saying she was groped by Abraham Lincoln,” Norman said.
Norman made the joke during a debate with Archie Parnell, a once-viable Democrat whose candidacy imploded earlier this year when a decades-old domestic violence incident involving his first wife became national news.
Parnell wasted little time in trying to claw back some momentum, though.
“My opponent apparently thinks sexual assault is a joke,” he tweeted. “It is not. But I guess that’s the best we can expect from someone who pulled a loaded gun on his own constituents.”
“Perhaps we should have a debate about your own abuse and harassment of women, Parnell,” he replied.
The Ginsberg-Lincoln joke had been making its way through GOP circles in early-voting South Carolina ever since the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh first made news, but we were honestly a bit surprised to hear Norman roll it out during his debate with Parnell.
Does that mean we view the joke as offensive? No, not really …
Norman was making a quip about Ginsburg being old, people. And while we think he erred in offering up this particular attempt at humor, we agree with his post-joke contention that people need to “lighten up.”
Sexual assault is obviously nothing to joke about, but this quasi-humorous hypothetical wasn’t really about sexual assault … it was a joke about Ginsburg’s age. Or at least that is how we interpreted it.
Were this a close race, Norman probably would have done some damage to himself with this failed comedy audition (and the gun incident back in April). Given Parnell’s implosion, though, he remains a lock to win this seat in November.
Which makes this a definitional non-troversy …[su_dominion_video]
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