In what may very well be one of the most head-shaking-surely-she-didn’t-just-say-that? moment ever caught on camera by a reporter, a misguided mother just told her daughters and the world that men groping women without their consent (what Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of) is “no big deal.”
Speaking to MSNBC, the staunch President Trump supporter doubled down on her assertion, claiming that even if the allegations of sexual assault (which, as of this morning, have now been leveled by four different women) are true against Kavanaugh that it:
. . . doesn’t take away from his character and his job to do what he needs to do as a Supreme Court nominee.
a Trump supporter on MSNBC told her daughters that men groping women is “no big deal” pic.twitter.com/QbYubOJpXl
— Caleb Ecarma (@calebecarma) September 26, 2018
Clearly someone should explain the definition of the term “character” to this woman, while also explaining what the Code of Conduct Requirements for a United States Judge (particularly Canon 2 and its subsections) are.
Former USA Today and current Mediaite reporter Caleb ECarma (@calebecarma) pointed out that, statistically, these comments “reflect” the current GOP supporter response:
— Caleb Ecarma (@calebecarma) September 26, 2018
In the video, the unidentified Trump supporter, obviously prompted by a question from a reporter states:
Groping a woman? At 18?
Turning to speak to what appears to be her two daughters, she says:
I mean, how many guys do you know who think that’s no big deal?
To which the girls nod in agreement before the woman continues:
It’s not a big deal.
The voices on Twitter were loud and clear in their outrage for the two young women standing with their mother in the video:
I wonder how that mom would feel if some man came up to one of her daughter’s and reached at her crotch and copped a feel. I doubt she’d think that was ok.
— Tica Pallidine (@TicaPallidine) September 27, 2018
That the girls didn’t seem surprised by the comment is disturbing, how long has she been grooming them?
— MiTcH (@MiTcH_ArTs) September 27, 2018
Sexual assault is ok if the assaulter agrees with your politics. Got it, Republicans.
— hayley shaw (@hayley561girl) September 26, 2018
This is modern-day Child Sacrifice on the altar of Trump.
— Greg Louk (@greglouk) September 27, 2018
— Beachy and Fed Up (@BlueWave_Lady) September 27, 2018
Pimp then out to grandpa, uncles, cousins and whomever they come across because “it’s ok honey, just things boys do”
Again teaching girls how to respond instead of teaching boys not to do it.
This is the most backwards ass thinking ever
— Outspoken_E (@OutspokenE) September 26, 2018
Many were upset at Trump supporters who appear to think sexual assault and touching without consent are “no big deal” and even fodder for humor (especially female supporters):
Yep, because MAGA. pic.twitter.com/oUPY8bCKoj
— Edna K (…is for KavaNOPE) (@EdnaK_) September 27, 2018
This is EXACTLY what we heard Alabama women say about Roy Moore!! Specifically, the hugh school girl was “lucky” a 32 yr old man groped her and was interested. I heard another at a trump rally say (verbatim) “if it was good enough for us, it’s good enough for them” pic.twitter.com/1mNjCdSOsg
— GSKH1237 (@gskh1237) September 26, 2018
That’s why they’re his supporters, either they lack self confidence to have respect for their bodies or taught/shown its OK at young age.
— Pádraigín (@sportygirlplays) September 26, 2018
— Calyban (@Calybancalyban) September 26, 2018
Some offered advice to the young women in the video:
Girls, listen, no matter what else happens with this, I want you to know that you’re *not actually obligated to let guys grope you*. It is, in fact, a big deal.
— Kim Hunt Harris (@KimHuntHarris) September 27, 2018
To all young women who have ever heard this: it is not okay for anyone to touch you inappropriately or without consent (even if it is on an “appropriate” area). It is a big deal. It is not your fault, period. No matter what, it is not your fault. #whyididntreportit
— Feruzi Mwero (@feruzi) September 27, 2018
Wow! That’s a sad thing for a mother to say in front of her daughters. Of course groping is a big deal in fact it’s sexual battery in many states. I hope somewhere along the way young children whose parents believe it’s not a big deal learn that it is against the law.
— TN Resister (@TNResister) September 26, 2018
Others suggested this mother be reported:
Wherever this woman lives, both the police and social services should be paying her a visit, pronto.
She and her daughters clearly need robust counseling.
NO person is EVER allowed to touch another person sexually without their EXPLICIT consent.
— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 27, 2018
@MSNBC Who is this woman and why do I care?
Hello, CPS…I’d like to report a potentially abusive household situation where underage girls are being sexually groomed by their own mother who is teaching them that being groped and fondled by a man is a normal behavior.
— Mystic Cuttlefish (@MysticSepia) September 26, 2018
SMH. Somebody should call Child Services.
— WrathofJan (@JDignum) September 27, 2018
Should we call child services for this child
— Brenda Black (@HowiesNana) September 26, 2018
Someone should notify child services. These girls are not safe
— Frances Harper (@FrancesHarper99) September 26, 2018
Many continued to be flummoxed by the idea of women voting against their own best interests and being so accepting of violence against women:
— MerryGhouled (@MerryGhouled) September 27, 2018
Wow, momma’s okay with boys groping her daughters! Is there no safe place?
— NeitherParty (@wanba) September 26, 2018
Ma’am we’re going to need you to run into this brick wall headfirst.
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 27, 2018
— m (@DdaannHhaanniiu) September 27, 2018
Maybe someone should show this woman Jimmy Carter’s 2015 Ted Talk “Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse”: