Robert RJ Regan, a candidate for Michigan’s House of Representatives seat, was denounced by prominent members of his state’s GOP after terrifying comments about rape.
The shocking comments surfaced over the weekend during a livestream on Rumble, hosted by a conservative group, that discussed the fact that Regan is in favor of decertifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
A participant said it is too late to decertify election results. In response, Robert RJ Regan said the participant’s attitude reminds him of what he tells his daughters about rape. He explained that he tells his daughters: “If rape is inevitable, you should just lie back and enjoy it.”
Regan narrowly won the special primary in the state of Michigan last week, upsetting a four-person race. He will face off against Walker City Commissioner Carol Glanville in May, who is running unopposed on the Democratic side.
According to CBS News, Robert RJ Regan previously made concerning statements online, such as calling Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “fake war just like the fake pandemic.”
The Michigan candidate also shared antisemitic posts on social media back in 2021.
Ron Weiser, the state Republican Chairman, said on Tuesday that Regan’s “history of foolish, egregious and offensive comments, including his most recent one, are simply beyond the pale.”
“We are better than this as a party,” he continued, “and I absolutely expect better than this of our candidates.”
Weiser, before taking his stance on Tuesday, had previously congratulated Robert RJ Regan on his primary victory.
Sen. Mark Huizenga, whose election to the Senate left his house seat open for the special primary, also criticized Regan’s comments, even as he prepares to take his empty seat.
The Republican-heavy district has not had a Democrat elected to lead the district since 1991. Regan, before his shocking comments on rape were made on Tuesday, was poised to join the House. Now, his fate is uncertain, as GOP members like Sen. Huizenga criticize the likely candidate.
“As a Christian, a public servant and a father of two daughters, I find Robert Regan’s comments about sexual assault to be revolting and immoral, and I strongly denounce them,” Sen. Huizenga said in an official statement.
“His statements about Russia’s unprovoked attack of a sovereign country are contrary to our own nation’s values,” he continued, “and his antisemitic posts claiming Jewish people control the banks and were behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks are shameful and disgusting.”
Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, a Michigan Democrat for the House of Representatives, also denounced Robert RJ Regan’s comments, saying: “Having been in a situation where rape was inevitable, I can promise this man that there is nothing enjoyable about it.”
“This man is disgusting and I’m hoping HD 74 doesn’t send him to Lansing,” she continued. “I don’t normally say this about people I could end up working with, but he’s horrid.”
If elected, he will have to run again at the end of 2022 in eight months, when Sen. Huizenga’s term was originally up. According to CBS News, he plans to run again for a full two-year term.
He won the GOP primary by a slim margin of 71 votes.
“Sometimes, my words aren’t as smooth and polished as the politicians are because I’m not a politician,” he said during an interview with Bridge Michigan after his rape comments surfaced. “I’m working on it.”
Back in 2020, one of his three daughters urged voters not to elect her father, according to the New York Post, when he previously attempted to run for a congressional seat.
“if you’re in Michigan and 18+ pls for the love of god do not vote for my dad for state rep. tell everyone,” his daughter Stephanie Regan wrote on social media. “I don’t feel safe rn sharing further information regarding his beliefs, but please look him up and just read for yourself.”