This congressman spoke out against those who support the #MeToo movement and called it a “movement toward victimization.”
Representative Kevin Cramer is running against North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp for her Senate seat. In an interview with The New York Times, after Heitkamp voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Cramer spoke against the notion of believing women who come forward with sexual assault allegations. He claimed the women in his life share his sentiment.
“They are pioneers of the prairie. These are tough people whose grandparents were tough and great-grandparents were tough,” he said to The New York Times.
Heitkamp opened up about her mom being sexually assaulted as a teen, stating to The Times, “And I want you to put this in there, it did not make my mom less strong that she was a victim. She got stronger and she made us strong. And to suggest that this movement doesn’t make women strong and stronger is really unfortunate.”
The state of North Dakota is also home to five nationally recognized Indigenous tribes. Native women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault than people of other races. Some are saying Cramer’s views of survivors make him unfit to represent them.