Jason Lewis the focus of CNN's KFile again, this time over sex harassment comments

The 2nd District congressman made light of harassment allegations.
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Rep. Jason Lewis has once again found himself the subject of a piece by CNN's investigative unit KFile over comments he made when hosting his former radio show.

The 2nd District representative, who is facing a challenge from DFLer Angie Craig this November, is under the microscope over comments he made on air about sexual harassment victims in November 2011.

KFile has been trawling through thousands of hours of audio from Lewis' syndicated radio program between 2009 and 2014, and has previously published pieces revealing some of the things Lewis had said about women and those on government assistance.

Comments made in 2013 about gay people were also the subject of this CityPages piece earlier this year.

KFile's latest story centers on comments Lewis made when talking about sex harassment allegations made against former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who was accused of harassing employees and having a 13-year affair while at the National Restaurant Association, allegations for which he was never charged.

During a 2011 episode of "The Jason Show," Lewis said:

"I don't want to be callous here, but how traumatizing was it? How many women at some point in their life have a man come on to them, place their hand on their shoulder or maybe even their thigh, kiss them, and they would rather not have it happen, but is that really something that's going to be seared in your memory that you'll need therapy for?"

He then used a mocking tone, saying: "You'll never get over? It was the most traumatizing experience? Come on! She wasn't raped" 

You can read the full KFile piece here.

The article has unsurprisingly led to a comment from Craig, who said it's "just the latest in a history of offensive comments from Congressman Lewis." 

"This type of thinking just doesn’t reflect our Minnesota values."

It also prompted a comment from left-leaning pro-choice organization Emily's List, who said the comments "prove how unfit he is for public office."

"If you’re using a ‘free speech’ argument to defend being a terrible person, you’re doing it wrong," the organization said. "If you're mocking survivors or arguing sexual harassment doesn't exist, you're doing it wrong."

Lewis has not yet commented on the KFile article.

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