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A Republican Party official in North Carolina shared a photo that has been used by some on social media to claim that Christine Blasey Ford was too unattractive to sexually assault in high school, although the image depicts another person.
Lanny Lancaster, GOP chairman in North Carolina’s Cabarrus County, shared the photo, which originated on another account that claimed it showed Ford when she was in high school.
“This is the alleged sexual assault victim,” Lancaster wrote, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “Wow.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The photo, which has circulated on the Internet for years to illustrate jokey stories about ′80s hairstyles and awkward yearbook photos, does not depict Ford. But it has been repurposed in the war of words over Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. The photo is often juxtaposed next to Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook photo with text implying or overtly stating that it is implausible he would have targeted Ford.
The post with the picture that Lancaster shared from another Facebook user has been viewed more than 12,000 times.
“This is the alleged sexual assault victim. Wow.”
— The News & Observer (@newsobserver) October 3, 2018
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 4, 2018
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