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Jim Jordan Has No Regrets for Calling 10-Year-Old Rape Victim’s Abortion a ‘Lie’

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) refused to apologize for his since-deleted tweet describing the story of a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim as a “lie,” claiming on Thursday that he was merely “responding to a headline” and took down the post once the alleged rapist was charged. Republicans and right-wing pundits have been backtracking and pivoting after 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes was arraigned in court on Wednesday on felony charges of raping a person under…

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) claimed on Thursday that he was only “responding to a headline” and removed the post once the accused rapist was charged rather than offering an apology for his since-deleted tweet calling the narrative of a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim a “fake.”

After 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes was charged in court on Wednesday on felony accusations of raping a person under 13, Republicans and right-wing pundits have been reversing course and changing their positions. According to court documents, the alleged rape of the 10-year-old girl happened on May 12. On June 22, the girl’s pregnancy was reported to the neighborhood child services, and eight days later she underwent a medical abortion in Indiana.

Jordan tweeted about the Ohio Attorney General David Yost’s allegation that his office hadn’t seen any evidence of the 10-year-old rape victim after sharing a July 12 article from The Washington Examiner: “Another lie. Anyone shocked?

However, after hearing about Fuentes’ arrest on Wednesday, the Ohio lawmaker quietly removed the tweet without giving a reason. (Yost acknowledged the arrest in a statement he issued. He made bombastic remarks that sparked a right-wing anger cycle, but he did not retract them.

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Jordan was ultimately forced to speak up about his fake tweet on Thursday by CNN reporter Manu Raju. The MAGA attorney didn’t express any apologies. Instead, he switched to talking about Fuentes’ immigration status, echoing other Republicans.

Raju questioned, “Why did you delete the tweet?”

Jordan answered, “Well, since we found out that this horrific act was committed by an illegal alien. “So we took down the tweet,”

The CNN reporter then inquired as to whether Jordan had expressed regret to the child or her family for “suggesting it was a fabrication,” which prompted the congressman to use some circular reasoning.

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He said, “I never questioned the youngster. “I was commenting to a headline from a news story, as happens frequently on Twitter in your field. It’s typically a good idea to have doubts, but I did with Joe Biden.

The president referred to the Star’s account when announcing his executive order last week to protect access to reproductive health care, which prompted The Washington Post to issue a fact-check raising concerns about the narrative. The Wall Street Journal editorial board called the rape a “fanciful yarn” shortly after that article, which has subsequently been revised, and other Fox News segments called the allegation “false” and “not true.”

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