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Orrin Hatch Takes Flak for Choice of Words on Ford

Senator calls her 'attractive' and 'pleasing'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 1:18 PM CDT
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters holding recording devices as he listens to a reporter's question after a Republican lunch meeting, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Orrin Hatch is taking grief for his choice of words in describing the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday. During the lunch break, the Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee referred to Ford as an "attractive" and "pleasing" witness, reports Roll Call. "I don't think she's uncredible," Hatch told reporters. "I think she's an attractive, good witness." When CNN pressed him on what he meant by "attractive," Hatch responded, "In other words, she's pleasing."

The remarks have prompted criticism, and USA Today rounds up examples, including one tweet that pretty much summarizes the negative sentiment: "I can’t believe it seemed appropriate to Orrin Hatch to comment on the attractiveness of a woman testifying about her sexual assault." But Hatch's spokesperson has an explanation: “Hatch uses ‘attractive’ to describe personalities, not appearances,” he said. “If you search his past quotes you’ll see he’s used it consistently for years for men and women he believed has compelling personalities.” (Read more Orrin Hatch stories.)

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