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GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Lashes Out At Assault Survivors, Tells Them To ‘Grow Up’ As He Waves Them Away


GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Lashes Out At Assault Survivors, Tells Them To ‘Grow Up’ As He Waves Them Away

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah reportedly told a group of female assault “survivors” to “grow up” during a heated confrontation on Thursday shortly after Hatch and other Senate Republicans spoke about the FBI background investigation into Brett Kavanaugh.

One of the women in the video could be heard asking Hatch, “Why aren’t you brave enough to talk to us and exchange with us?”

Hatch then dismissively waved his hand at the group of women attempting to confront him.

“Don’t you wave your hand at me! I wave my hand at you!” a woman can be heard telling the senator.

Senator Hatch then turned to the group and said he would talk to them when they “grow up.”

“How dare you talk to women that way?!” One of the women could be heard yelling.

Hatch is then seen waving his hand and smiling at the group before the elevator doors closed.

@VoteProChoice identified one of the women in the video as Kathy Beynette.

The group claims she was “telling Hatch her son was a first responder in 9/11 and her father served in WWII as Hatch laughed at her.”

Hatch was widely criticized last week when he called Christine Blasey Ford an “attractive” witness and added that she’s “pleasing” as she testified about her alleged sexual assault by President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“It’s too early to say,” Hatch said in response to a question about Ford’s credibility during a recess in the middle of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, according to audio released by McClatchy. “I don’t think she’s un-credible. I think she’s an attractive, good witness but it’s way early.”

“What do you mean by attractive, sir?” a reporter asked.

“In other words, she’s pleasing,” Hatch replied.


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