A Minnesota lawmaker has found himself on the receiving end of widespread criticism on Twitter after a post he made regarding the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The SCOTUS hearing for Kavanaugh has been thrown into turmoil after Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, came forward to accuse the Republican nominee of an attempted sexual assault in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17.
Ford alleges that Kavanaugh and a friend trapped her in a bedroom at a high school party, tried to pull off her clothes and then put his hand over her mouth to stop her yelling out. She says she managed to escape, while Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, calling it "completely false."
On Monday, Minnesota Republican Sen. Scott Newman came under fire on Twitter after he made a comment regarding Ford's accusation, in response to a story shared by the Pioneer Press.
Newman, who represents District 18 covering parts of McLeod, Meeker, Sibley and Wright counties, wrote "I don't believe her" and said Ford has "self righteously" come forward.
He also suggests that even if what she says happened did actually take place, it could be explained away by their age at the time.
"Even if true, teenagers!" he tweeted, before adding: "This type of allegation seriously jeopardizes women with a legitimate claim, for who will believe them."
If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a "Twitter ratio," it's basically when replies to someone's tweet significantly outweighs the number of retweets and likes it receives, and is often an indication the person has said something controversial.
In Newman's case, as of Tuesday morning he has received 74 retweets, 100 likes ... and 3,700 replies to his tweet.
Some of those commenting include broadcaster Soledad O'Brien and actor Alyssa Milano.
Sen. Newman's tweet defending Kavanaugh comes in contrast to a tweet he made regarding Minnesota Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison, who has been accused of domestic abuse by an ex-girlfriend.
In a tweet on Aug. 31, Newman likened the allegation against Ellison to those against shamed movie producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as disgraced news personalities Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, both of whom resigned over accusations of sexual misconduct.
Newman himself ran as the GOP candidate for Attorney General in 2014, when he lost to Lori Swanson.
Bring Me The News has reached out to Newman for further comment, as well as requesting comment from the Republican National Committee–Minnesota and U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley, whom Newman has endorsed in her run against Sen. Tina Smith.
The accusation against Kavanaugh is being taken seriously in the Senate, so much so that a hearing will be held on Monday in which both Ford and Kavanaugh will speak before senators.