Republican Lawmaker 'Joked’ About Rape, Sex With Children In Online Comments

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South Florida Congressman Brian Mast made the comments years ago on Facebook and has since apologized.

Comments that South Florida Congressman Brian Mast made on Facebook years ago have resurfaced as he faces a tough race against Democratic challenger Pam Keith, according to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The comments involve a rape joke and remarks about having sex with 15-year-old girls.

  • “Mast, a 40-year-old Republican, represents one of South Florida’s most competitive swing districts,” the outlet noted. The offending comments were left under posts made by his friend, and now campaign manager, Rocco LeDonni.
  • One of the comments is from February 23, 2009, when Mast responded to LeDonni’s photo of a bar outing in South Africa: “im so proud of you... i hope you hook up with at least fifteen 15 year olds over there.... its legel there right.”
  • The second comment came in 2011, according to the report.

Two years later, LeDonni asked in a May 20, 2011, post: “Anyone have any good pick up lines for this weekend considering according to the crazy christian radio guy the world may end on sunday?”

“How about don’t turn this rape into a murder,” Mast responded.

  • Mast apologized for the comments in a statement Tuesday:

“A decade ago when I was in the Army, and following my injury, I made disgusting and inappropriate jokes that I am embarrassed to have associated with my name today,” he said. “I am sorry about that part of who I was, and I strive every day to be a better example for my kids.”

  • The Sun-Sentinel noted that “Mast is a decorated war veteran” who “lost his legs and a finger when a bomb exploded under him in September 2010 in Afghanistan.”
  • Though the posts in question were previously public on LeDonni’s Facebook page, “they were removed from view after Mast’s campaign was contacted by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.”
  • Keith, Mast’s Democratic opponent and a former Navy JAG officer, condemned the comments.

“This is disgusting, unacceptable and dishonorable behavior for any man, let alone a sitting member of Congress,” Keith said. “Rape, violence and intimidation of women and children are not Brian Mast’s punchline — his words are an insult and betrayal to the women he claims to represent.”

Read the full report.

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