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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is facing tremendous backlash after comments he made Monday, suggesting that even if allegations of attempted rape against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are “true,” senators should “consider who the judge is today.”

Hatch, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, was speaking to Bloomberg reporter at the time at the Capitol when he was asked about the allegations made by Kavanagh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Later that day, Hatch made further moves to defend Kavanagh and discredit Ford in comments made to reporters. He claimed that he had made a phone call to the nominee, in order to clarify the details surrounding the alleged incident, said to have occurred in 1982.

Reciting Kavanagh’s position, that he was not at the party at which the sexual misconduct is said to have taken place, Hatch suggested that Ford was “mixed up” and repeated his admiration for Kavanagh.

“All I know is that he’s a very smart guy. A good guy. He has an excellent reputation,” the senator said.

The comments drew fire all day on Twitter.

Other critics made a notable comparison to the similar position that Hatch took on Anita Hill—who accused 1991 Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. At the time Hatch had gone so far as to accuse Hill of basing her accusations on the movie The Exorcist.

In fact, in a 2010 interview with CNN, Hatch made strikingly similar remarks on Hill, who he said was “outed” by “feminist women” and that she had “talked herself into believing” Thomas was her harasser.

It appears Hatch has a history of not only outright dismissing accusers of Republicans but smearing these women as delusional. In the #MeToo era, thankfully, no one will let him get away with it.

David Gilmour

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.