GOP lawmaker's campaign shares meme comparing Ford to Hillary Clinton
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Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingDemocrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Rep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance MORE’s (R-Iowa) re-election campaign shared a meme Wednesday comparing Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchumer: 'The big lie is spreading like a cancer' among GOP America departs Afghanistan as China arrives Young, diverse voters fueled Biden victory over Trump MORE.


The meme, which was still posted on the congressman's Facebook page as of Friday evening, drew a mix of reactions from users commenting on the photo.

The meme portrays an apparently photoshopped picture of Ford wearing sunglasses placed beside a doctored photo of Clinton's face on Ford's shoulders with her sunglasses removed. In the photo representing Ford, her mouth appears to have been edited from the widely shared original photo, which depicts her smiling and showing her teeth.

The bottom of the meme reads “I KNEW IT!” in bold, yellow letters. “ah-HA!!!” the congressman’s campaign page captioned the photo. 

The meme was posted one day before Ford and Kavanaugh sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an hours-long, emotional hearing.

Ford, in gripping testimony on Thursday, detailed her allegations against Kavanaugh, stating that he pinned her to a bed and groped her during a party when the two were in high school in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations in his subsequent testimony. Two other women came forward publicly with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh this week, which Kavanaugh also denied.

A spokesperson for King’s campaign told HuffPost on Friday that the meme is “obviously alluding to the Left manipulating the opposition against Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

When the news outlet pressed King’s campaign over whether the meme was appropriate for a congressional campaign to share, a spokesperson for the campaign said “the humor of that meme is pointed at the absurdity of the Left, nothing more." 

“Our page content is definitely not for people who struggle to have a sense of humor or irony,” the campaign spokesperson continued, before adding that the meme meant to point “at the absurdity of the Left." 

Kavanaugh, in his testimony, called Democratic opposition to his nomination "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" during an aggressive opening statement before the Senate panel on Thursday.

King's congressional campaign and office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill.