A pro-abortion Democrat made a mockery of rape threats against a Republican senator’s female staffer Thursday in a now-deleted tweet.
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, a pro-abortion Democrat from California, received a massive backlash for the comment and later removed the tweet.
“Boo hoo hoo,” Swalwell wrote Thursday morning in response to reports of threats against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and her staff, the Daily Caller reports.
“You’re a senator who police will protect,” Swalwell continued. “A sexual assault victim can’t sleep in her home tonight because of threats. Where are you sleeping? She’s on her own while you and your @SenateGOP colleagues try to rush her through a hearing.”
Earlier this month, Collin’s office said it received threats of rape and other violence from abortion activists who want her to vote against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Maine Republican is a key swing vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Collins is pro-abortion, and she has not yet announced her decision about him.
“In one case—and we are going to turn this over to the police, but unfortunately, of course, the person didn’t leave a name or number—but they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers,” Collins told the Wall Street Journal last week.
Swalwell’s attack on Collins related to Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were young teenagers. The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation in light of the allegations. Kavanaugh denies any wrongdoing, and there is very little evidence against him at this point.
Collins has urged Ford to testify to the committee, privately or publicly. She also said it would not be fair to Kavanaugh if Ford refuses to testify. However, Ford has refused thus far, and her lawyers are calling for an FBI investigation.
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Later Thursday, Swalwell deleted his original tweet about Collins and apologized.
“Sexual assault victims deserve respect. And senators shouldn’t be threatened by the public. I said something stupid and minimized ugly behavior,” Swalwell wrote. “That tweet is deleted and I’m sorry for that.”
Newsweek reports many of the phone calls and letters arriving at Collins’ offices are threatening and full of profanities. A number appear to be out-of-state abortion activists who are calling at the promptings of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups.
According to the report:
“If you care at all about women’s choice, vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh. Don’t be a dumb bitch,” one caller said. “F**k you, also. ”
Another caller said Collins was “a feckless, feckless, feckless woman standing there letting Trump and his appointees steal the right to choose what women do with their bodies. And you stood by, ‘Oh, I don’t know. I’m so naive.’ F**k you. F**k you,” the caller said.
A letter sent to her office in Portland, Maine, read: “If you vote fo Kavanaugh, EVERY waitress who serves you is going to spit in your food, and that’s if you’re lucky, you f**king c**t! Think of that every meal.”
Another caller told one of Collins’s 25-year-old female staffers that he hoped she would be raped and impregnated, according to another voicemail that was provided to The New York Times by Collins’s spokeswoman Annie Clark.