WATCH: Senator Orrin Hatch Tells Sexual Assault Survivors to ‘Grow Up’, Waves Hand Dismissively


Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) demonstrated his respect for women Thursday afternoon by shooing away survivors of sexual assault and telling them to “grow up.”

Hatch’s stunning dismissal of concerned women occurred as he was waiting for an elevator in the Capitol. Several women were attempting to ask the 84-year-old Republican why he won’t listen to women.

“Why aren’t you brave enough to talk to us and exchange with us?” one woman can be heard saying. Hatch waved his hand as if to shoo the woman away.

It did not go well.

“Don’t you wave your hand at me,” the same woman fired back. “I wave my hand at you.”

Hatch then crowed, “when you grow up I’ll be ready” as he slithered into an elevator.

The women in the crowd were not pleased. “How dare you talk to women that way?” the most vocal of them shouted. “How dare you dismiss women?”

Another woman called Hatch a “f*cking old piece of sh*t” as he smugly smiled and made another shooing motion with his hands.

Watch the jarring encounter below:

Social media blew up over the staggeringly disrespectful display, however, Hatch’s behavior didn’t really come as a shock to anyone.

Hatch has been one of the most vocal critics of Julie Swetnick, who last month alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was present while she was gang-raped at a house party in 1983. Swetnick is one of three women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct who have been all but dismissed and degraded by Senate Republicans.

Hatch launched a slut-shaming Twitter attack on Swetnick Tuesday afternoon after a man contacted his office with graphic details about Swetnick’s sex life.

On Thursday, the Salt Lake City Tribune published a scathing editorial calling Hatch’s criticisms of Swetnick “despicable.”

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