On Wednesday morning during a segment on Fox and Friends, host Brian Kilmeade and GOP candidate Kevin Cramer attacked the MeToo movement for going “too far,” suggesting that in the past women in America were “tougher” about sexual abuse because they “were raised on the prairie”.
The inflammatory and controversial remarks came during an interview between the Fox and Friends hosts and Cramer, the GOP Senate candidate for North Dakota looking to unseat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp in November.
Ainsley Earhardt quizzed the Republican candidate on why he thought Heidi Heitkamp made the decision to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Earhardt asserted that Heitkamp “had the chance to gain some points there” then asked Cramer, “why do you think she continuously said she wasn’t going to vote for him?”
Cramer admitted he was surprised that she voted against Kavanaugh because in his eyes, “Brett Kavanaugh is the perfect Supreme Court justice for North Dakota.”
Brian Kilmeade then pressed Cramer on the MeToo movement. “You think it’s gone too far”, he said, “generations in the past, in your family, women were tougher, they were raised on the prairie. Do you want to expand on that?”
Cramer agreed with Kilmeade’s assessment that women in the past were tougher on sexual assault. He added that he believes the “zeal of the movement [MeToo] has gone too far, to the point where they are accosting male members of the United States Senate in the Capital in elevators. And then they cry victim as soon as they are spoken back to”.
Cramer concluded his assessment by asserting that the MeToo movement “is actually hurting their own cause.”
Watch Cramer’s comments below:
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