GOP Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was roundly booed after he lamely joked about the elevator tongue lashing he got from a distraught woman who said she was a victim of sexual assault.
Joining Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., onstage Saturday at the Global Citizens Festival in New York’s Central Park, MSNBC reported Flake discussed how the personal relationship between the pair helped show the “politics of compromise that prevailed” in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to delay a floor vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Flake voted to let the nomination go forward but called for the FBI to investigate the sexual assault allegations against him.
“Thanks to all of you global citizens who have contacted us this year, you have texted, you have called, you have touched our hearts. Keep calling,” Flake told the crowd.
And after Coons reiterated that message, Flake chimed in: “So feel free to join me in an elevator anytime.”
The joke fell flat, and triggered boos.
On Friday, Flake was confronted by protesters on his way to the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor — and one protester got in his face, telling him she was sexually assaulted and that no one believed her, video of the unsettling confrontation showed.
“Look at me when I’m talking to you,” she demanded. “You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter, that what happened to me doesn’t matter, that you’re going to let people who do these things into power.”
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