In an alarming recording, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) can be heard laughing as men around him make fun of the sexual assault allegations levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh held her down, groped her, and tried to rip off her bathing suit at a high school party. But it’s all a big joke to Rohrabacher.
“This guy who’s going to be our Supreme Court justice, and he better be our Supreme Court judge, he’s a perfect candidate, and what do they say? ‘Well, in high school you did this.’ High school? Give me a break.”
Immediately after Rohrabacher says this, a man in the crowd shouts, “He cheated in four square, Dana!” followed by laughter. And then another male voice shouts, “He cuts in line on hamburger day!” followed by more laughter, including loud laughter by Rohrabacher.
Rohrabacher finds comparing the attempted rape of a 15-year-old girl to cutting in line in the cafeteria a very funny joke. Moreover, he surrounds himself with people who find such comparisons funny.
According to TPM, the recording “appears from context to have been made last Saturday at a campaign event with supporters, after the details of the accusation had been made public,” but before Ford identified herself in the Washington Post.
Every year, more than 320,000 girls and women are the victims of rape of sexual assault according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Over the course of their lifetime, 1 in 6 women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape.
A woman’s autonomy, and her ability to exert control over her very own body, is not a serious matter to Rohrabacher.
For him, the thought of pinning a 15-year-old girl to the bed, and covering her mouth so no one can hear her scream, is like cheating at a childhood game. Or stepping in front of someone in line to grab a burger.