A Republican congressman joked about President Abraham Lincoln sexually harassing Ruth Bader Ginsburg during a campaign event, the Spartanburg Herald reports.
South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman opened a campaign event by telling a joke about Ginsburg’s age and referencing the sexual assault allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh.
“Did y’all hear this latest late-breaking news on the Kavanaugh hearings?” Norman asked, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”
The audience laughed, according to footage of the event.
Ginsburg is 85 years old. Lincoln served as president from 1861 to 1865.
Christine Blasey Ford has accused of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers 36 years ago.
“So now sexual assault is a punchline for a stupid joke!” Jaime Harrison, an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted.