ND GOP Candidates Silent on Cramer’s Only “An Attempt” Defense

While Cramer brushes off serious sexual assault allegations, the party’s down-ballot candidates choose party loyalty over supporting survivors

(BISMARCK, ND) — As Kevin Cramer continues his tailspin by tripling down on his comments regarding sexual assault, his colleagues in the ND GOP have closed ranks around him. Cramer initially downplayed the assault, calling it “absurd” and saying it “never went anywhere.” Now, Cramer has gone even further, questioning whether Kavanaugh should be disqualified from serving on the Supreme Court, even if [the alleged assault] is all true.”

Our question to the rest of the ND GOP candidates: When are you going to stand up for the women of North Dakota?

“The last few days have spoken volumes about the character of the ND GOP’s candidates,” said Courtney Rice, Press Secretary for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “Instead of distancing themselves from Kevin Cramer’s insensitive and vicious remarks, the rest of the ticket has closed ranks and endorsed his anti-woman worldview with their silence. Survivors of sexual assault deserve to be heard without being immediately smeared and having their stories called ‘absurd.’ North Dakota’s women should have an ally in state government, but so far, the ND GOP – from the Governor to executive office holders to legislative leadership and candidates – has decided political loyalty is more important than doing the right thing.”