MAGA Hot Mic: West Virginia GOP State Senator Robert Karnes

Breaking News USA: “A Republican lawmaker in West Virginia said that child rape victims ‘romanticize’ their relationship with rapists.”

Today’s MAGA Hot Mic moment comes from West Virginia State Senator Robert Karnes. 

While arguing against rape and incest exceptions to West Virginia’s abortion ban, Karnes insisted that child rape victims “romanticize” their adult abusers to justify his anti-abortion position.

Karnes has a history of promoting anti-abortion views and has called for a draconian abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest in West Virginia. 

Read Karnes’ full comments below: 

KARNES: “The dynamic in these relationships, quite often, is that the child has a very romanticized view of what’s happening. They think this is their boyfriend. Would you agree with that?”

So, to be clear, Republicans’ position is that child rape victims should be forced to give birth. This isn’t a hypothetical — Republican lawmakers around the country argued a 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio should’ve been forced to give birth. The Republican positon on rape exceptions to abortion bans is extreme and out of step with America.