Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is being slammed for calling the story of a 10-year-old Ohio girl who received an abortion after being raped “another lie.” since deleted tweet.
It’s at least the second time the Ohio congressman has been accused of ignoring a sexual assault in Buckeye state.
The story of the 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped in Indiana and had an abortion made national headlines. Due to the sensitive nature of the story, the source would not reveal the victim’s name, giving Republicans plenty of room to weep badly and cast doubt on the story.
Ohio Attorney General David Jost continued FoxNews in the days after the story to explain that there had not been a case of rape similar to that experienced by young girls in the state and that Ohio law had allowed her to have an abortion.
But on Tuesday that Columbus Shipping reported on the arrest of 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes in connection with the rape. Fuentes has since been charged with the criminal rape of a minor under the age of 13 and is being held on a $2 million bond. After the news of the arrests, the Conservatives withdrew their statements. That Wall Street Journal— which had published an editorial calling the story an “imaginative story” — retracted his stance. For his part, Jordan just deleted his tweet.
This would be the second time Jordan has been accused of actively ignoring a sexual assault. The first time was when Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, where team doctor Richard Strauss allegedly assaulted at least eight wrestlers. Some of the wrestlers on the team said that Jordan knew about the attacks and did nothing.
Jordan refused to cooperate with Strauss’s investigation, calling his accusers “pawns in a political frame-up.” Jordan is said to have manipulated and intimidated witnesses by calling one of the accusers and trying to get him to retract his testimony that Jordan knew about the attacks. In 2019, a retired referee filed a lawsuit alleging that Jordan dismissed his warnings about the attacks. Jordan called the referee “another person making a false statement.”
The right-wing reaction to the story was toasted on Twitter. Jordan received a great deal of criticism.
“Why did Jim Jordan just delete that tweet?” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). “He would never try to cover up a sexual assault, would he?”
Jordan’s press secretary did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Dot.
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*Initial publication: July 14, 2022 at 1:49 p.m. CDT
Jacob Seitz is a freelance journalist originally from Columbus, Ohio, interested in the intersection of culture and politics.
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