Both events condemned a Republican candidate for a seat in Michigan’s House of Representatives after he made an analogy concerning the 2020 presidential election’s involving rape and his daughters.
Robert Regan, a favourite to win Michigan’s District 74 seat, made the remark at a livestreamed panel Sunday in response to an assertion that it was “too late” to overturn the election outcomes.
“That’s kind of like having three daughters. I tell my daughters if rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it,” Regan mentioned. “That’s not how we roll. That’s not how we won this election.”
Video of the panel, hosted by the Rescue Michigan Coalition, remained out there on the group’s Facebook web page Wednesday.
He went on to match his win within the Republican major with the biblical story of David and Goliath, noting that his opponents had extra monetary help.
Amber Harris, a Republican activist and fellow panelist, advised Regan throughout the stream that his analogy was a “shameful comment.”
“Advice to your daughters: Don’t do that,” Harris mentioned. “Fight all the time.”
The Michigan Freedom Fund, a nonprofit conservative group, launched a press release calling Regan’s remarks “despicable & disqualifying.”
“I’m the mom of four young girls. Every day I teach them to stand up for themselves, to know what they’re worth, and to fight back against creeps like Regan,” Executive Director Tori Sachs mentioned. “RJ Regan doesn’t belong anywhere near the state Capitol and that is why we endorsed and supported his opponent.”
State Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser and Kent GOP Chairman Rob VerHeulen addressed “feedback” made by Regan in a joint assertion Tuesday however did not specify the precise remarks.
“Mr. Regan’s historical past of silly, egregious and offensive feedback, together with his most up-to-date one are merely past the pale,” Weiser mentioned. “We are better than this as a party and I absolutely expect better than this of our candidates.”
The chair of the Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus, state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, a Democrat representing District 19, condemned Regan’s remarks Monday on Twitter.
“Having been in a situation where rape was inevitable, I can promise this man that there is nothing enjoyable about it,” Pohutsky mentioned. “This man is disgusting and I’m hoping HD 74 doesn’t send him to Lansing. I don’t normally say this about people I could end up working with, but he’s horrid.”
Regan known as the backlash in opposition to him “villainous attacks” in opposition to his status in an emailed assertion to NBC News on Wednesday. He mentioned his remark had been “truncated” and brought out of context.
“In retrospect, knowing now how vicious my attackers could be, I regret using an analogy that could so easily have been taken out of context,” Regan mentioned. “My point was simply this: when there are alleged improprieties, even if the outcome seems inevitable, we must fight back and investigate so that justice can be served, and our votes are not diluted.”
He pushed again in opposition to the assertion launched by Weiser and VerHeulen, saying neither man contacted him to get clarification about his comment.
“Now I understand how President Trump felt when he discovered his biggest enemies were in his own political party; and I am not even a Trump endorsed candidate,” Regan mentioned within the assertion.
Regan advised MLive on Monday that he does not wish to equate a “stolen election” with rape and that his level was extra about combating again, “because nobody likes to be taken advantage of.”
“I’m getting pushback right now because I’m the only one saying we need to decertify the 2020 election. Everyone on that panel said it’s inevitable, let it die, it’s a dead issue, focus on 2022 moving forward,” Regan mentioned. “And I’m like, ‘No, it’s not inevitable. You would never tell a daughter if it’s inevitable you should lie back and enjoy it, ever.’ That’s the context of that story.”
Donald Trump has falsely blamed his loss to President Joe Biden on voter fraud although there is no such thing as a proof to help such allegations. Former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, advised The Associated Press in December 2020 that the Justice Department had discovered no proof of widespread fraud.