Twitter was livid after Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called Christine Blasey Ford “attractive.” People were concerned as to why the Utah senator used the term for a woman who just testified about her traumatic experience of being sexually assaulted allegedly by SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
When asked about what he thought about the alleged victim, he said, “I don’t find her un-credible. I think she’s an attractive, good witness.” When a reporter, pressed Hatch and inquired what he meant by attractive, the Republican from Utah clarified he meant Ford had an “attractive personality” and that she was pleasing.
After his comments brewed a firestorm on Twitter, Hatch’s deputy communications director Matt Whitlock clarified that Hatch used the term “attractive” while describing personalities and not appearances. According to Whitlock, Hatch has used the term in his past quotes for men and women both.
When your day as Orrin Hatch's communications director is going great: pic.twitter.com/hEoZHj2egy— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) September 27, 2018
This isn’t the first time for the Utah senator to make insensitive comments. Earlier this year, he called low-and middle-income people who supported Obamacare stupid. The 83-year- old said, “That was the stupidest, dumbass bill that I've ever seen. Now, some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met. This was one of them — and there are a lot of ’em up on Capitol Hill from time to time.”
Twitter had a lot to say about his weird, insensitive description of Ford.
Hatch just called Ford an “attractive witness.” Asked to elaborate what he meant, he said “she’s pleasing.”— Kate Irby (@kateirby) September 27, 2018
BREAKING: @OrrinHatch just left the hearing room and called Christine Blasey Ford “attractive.” I’m speechless.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 27, 2018
Orrin Hatch on Dr. Ford: “She’s an attractive, good witness. In other words, she’s pleasing.”— Shauna (@shaunarrichards) September 27, 2018
OUT OF ALL OF THE WORDS HE COULD USE, he uses “attractive” & “pleasing” to describe a woman who’s talking about the most traumatic experience of her life.#KavanaughHearings
These men can’t function in this new world where women are equal. They are stuck in the 50s, 60s, 70s in a bad way and we need current politicians to reflect our current values and social mores. Term limits!— Ivylea (@InVinoVeritazz) September 27, 2018
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