How Reprehensible Can Their Rape Comments Get? Look at What This Maine Republican Said

lawrence-lockmanThis article isn’t going to have any fancy lead-in, because this story is absolutely atrocious.

Recently a liberal activist and blogger, Mike Tipping, dug up some of the most vile comments that I’ve ever read, coming from Maine State Representative Lawrence Lockman.

And when I say “vile,” I mean it in every sense of the word.  They’re absolutely disgusting, and quite frankly borderline criminal.

Tipping found a statement from a 1995 press release where Lockman said:

“If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

Yes, that’s a currently elected state representative who once said that if women are to be given the right to have an abortion (a Constitutionally protected right, by the way) then why can’t a man use his “superior strength” to force himself on a woman, because at least in the man’s “pursuit of sexual freedom” – in most cases – nobody dies.

Honestly, the part where he compares having an abortion to to a man forcing himself on a woman isn’t what disturbs me the most. It’s the fact that he calls a man forcing himself on a woman a “pursuit of sexual freedom.”

Don’t get me wrong, it’s all disgusting.  But you don’t use terminology such as that unless you’re willing to make excuses for such a vile act.

And it doesn’t stop there.  In 1987, he said about AIDS:

“In the overwhelming majority of cases, people are dying because of their addiction to sodomy. They are dying because progressive, enlightened, tolerant people in politics and in medicine have assured the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted, depraved crime against humanity.”

These comments coming to light have prompted Ben Grant, the state’s Democratic Party chairman, to call for Lockman’s resignation.  Grant said Lockman is a, “disturbed individual who holds some of the most abhorrent beliefs ever heard from a public official in Maine.”

I would completely agree.

Lockman did respond to the controversy, saying, “I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret.  I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation, and today I am focused on ensuring freedom and economic prosperity for all Mainers.”

I’m sorry, but you don’t make those types of remarks, at any point in your life, without being severely mentally depraved.

For a Republican to make some asinine comparison to abortion is nothing new.  Like I said, that doesn’t bother me near as much as the fact that he called a man sexually forcing himself on a woman as him simply engaging in a “pursuit of sexual freedom.”

It’s disturbing on a level I can’t even put into words.

And no, I don’t care that he said these things 15 or more years ago.  Like I said, you don’t make comments such as these without being deeply mentally disturbed.  The kind of mental instability that doesn’t just “go away.”

I think it’s clear that Lockman resigning is the only possible solution to this scandal.  A man who’s said things such as he did in the past has no business serving in public office.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • More forgiving than you, I’d say a person can change completely in fifteen years. But then, I see he’s still a Republican so never mind.

    • arisutan

      he clearly hasn’t changed 1 fucking bit if he thinks that a man raping a woman is “pursuit of sexual freedom”

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        read my post above

    • Gary Smith

      People can change; when I was a teenager/early 20s idiot, I was very conservative/libertarian. The 30+ years of life I’ve lived since then — and the experience I’ve gained over that life — has pushed me much, much further to the left that the ignorant, arrogant place from which I started.

      This man’s comments were unutterably vile, and entirely contrary with all standards of civilized behavior. He was advocating rape, for fuck’s sake!!!!

      I would be very much interested to see what an investigation of his subsequent statements and (more to the point) actions turns up. Has he actually changed? Or has he simply become better at hiding his true feelings?

      You will notice, however, that he didn’t actually disavow the comments, and he didn’t actually apologize for them. This is the classic non-apology avoidance of responsibility that is de rigueur for conservatives when their awful statements are made public.

      “I’m sorry if anyone was offended by my comments” not “I’m sorry I said that. I was wrong.”

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Yeah, the real problem are all those people who would be “offended” by his comments. Not the comments….just those annoying people who think rape is a crime.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        read my dizzy comment above

      • lindylou

        You were in your 20’s and still wet behind the ears. This was a grown man with legislative power saying this.

    • yeah well some things never should be forgiven. Rape, being a republican, and being a mysoginist ahole are three of those things.

      • JeffDeWitt

        And yet I bet you supported Bill Clinton…

      • Dennis

        Is this some veiled reference to that intern, Monica? I’m pretty certain that there was no force, threat of force, or anything other than two consenting adults pursing happiness. Ok, it might have been illegal under proposed Virginia laws… ’cause those crazy crackers wanna ban the BJ. All in all, Slick Willy looked way better after only a couple months of Bush. I wouldn’t mind seeing him back in the White House starting in 1/20/17.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        he mis wrote—————— what he meant to write was BUSH/CHENEY raped america

      • JeffDeWitt

        No, it’s a reference to Juanita Broaddrick.

      • ampee

        Is this supposed to be an insult?

      • Tim Anderson

        Jeff…keep up the good work, every time a Republican opens their mouth with a statement like this, another woman becomes a Democrat.

      • layer100


      • layer100

        I DID!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey scumbag,,,,,,,who did Clinton rape??
        bush raped america

      • wilfun

        what the fuck has that got to do with anything

      • LMAO !

        Bill had consensual sex, but clearly you’re a bagger unfamiliar with the concept.

      • JeffDeWitt

        I really don’t care who or what he was having CONSENSUAL sex with (and considering what he’s married to don’t blame him). But he RAPED Juanita Broaddrick and then committed perjury in an attempt to shut her up.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        read my comment above

  • Finnsmom1

    This Dirtbag may have just found the bottom. I can’t imagine saying anything worse.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      read my post above

  • Sam

    A true POS, that’s for sure. Maine, you should know better than to keep electing this poor excuse for a man.

  • Stephen Wilson

    Fuck this jerk.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      read my post about him

  • Ram Garcia

    This POS is about as low as they (Republicans ) get… But the sad part is there will be a knock on his door…When he opens it he will be greeted with cheers and pats on the back….He’ll be told you meet all the necessary qualifications for running under the Tea (Turd) Party for higher office….

  • as always, Clifton is right on target.

  • G A

    someone should force tackle this man, tie him in a straight jacket and put him where he will never be allowed to speak to another person ever again.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      noooooooooooooo!!!! read my above post

  • Edward Krebbs

    If the repubs are going to make this argument, why don’t they surrender their claimed (and misinterpreted) 2nd Amendment rights as getting mugged is fun and only the case of a stronger person forcing themselves on another ?

  • Parker Brothers

    Where does this guy live?

    • ampee

      My guess is Maine.

  • GoodWitchPA

    He made one comment in 1987 and another in 1995. If anything, he’s getting worse, not better.

  • Cathryn Sykes

    How much you want to bet this guy is another GOP hypocrite who wants to make it nearly impossible for women to get the Pill, which PREVENTS conception, and therefore prevents abortions? This isn’t about saving babies. That’s just the pitch to the rank and file. This is about keeping women poor and powerless. “Keep ’em barefoot and pregnant.”

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    now now now; don’t all of us liberals get in a dither!!! lets-for a moment or two– agree with this small dicked loser: allow me to extrapolate here— we can all get a few of these ultra strong and nasty steroided female bodybuilders and MMA fighters and get this idiot (soon to be ex) politician and have these powerful women ( women??) anally rape this creepy guy by using a fresh cactus to hammer broken glass up his rectum !!! we will have the powerhouse gals make it all better by having them serenade him with soothing readings of his favorite BIBLICAL scriptures while he is getting his – in HIS opinion– ‘due’ based upon the sheer strength of those silly girls!!
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, now- aren’t U glad im here to straighten out these crybaby white trash regressive scumbags? no charge for my services: I enjoy giving!!

  • stephen james

    I’m trying to understand, play the devil’s advocate, give the benefit of the doubt…Is this guy really that low that he believed what he was saying, as in, speaking for himself, he would actually be capable of raping a woman and defending it under the guise of sexual freedom? Or, as I’m hoping, is he just another of those fundamental Christians who get so outraged about abortion and other fundamental moral intolerances that they lose all sense of perspective when trying to make a point? Either way it’s disgusting.

  • beepath

    one thing that stands out with the statements of all these men is a
    low-grade sexual buzz. They are the Ken Lays of human sexuality and
    their motives are suspect. They seem to be titillated by rape, aren’t
    they? Their preoccupation with lady parts seems to have begun with
    Clarence Thomas’s charges of alleged bestiality and inappropriate
    pressure to be accommodated sexually. Any of these men seem to salivate
    while looking at the menu of services offered in any sex business just
    by the language they use and interests in abusive sexual behavior. And
    of course the subject of abortion is especially interesting to them. I
    say a background check on these men would throw some light on this
    unhealthy lack of information that so many women are subjected to. Proof
    of this is telling in the auspicious subjects…How raped were you?
    Emergency Rape, Legitimate Rape, Honest Rape, Easy Rape, Enjoyable Rape.
    Sounds like chapters in a porno mag…..Easy to resent the fact that
    these overpaid tricks are taking good federal dollars to further insult
    women. They need to get their “jollies” on their own time, not ours.

  • Bill Demerath-Shanti

    No doubt the ideas he expressed are reprehensible. I am concerned that the author’s judgement of a human’s ability to change is damaging at best. I would have to succumb to total despair for earth and humanity if I agreed that change and healing was not possible through truth with love. I do not know what rep. Lockman is doing today, but others have changed their minds and we need more who teach reprehensible ideas to change as well. We are going to need to work together to make the vast changes necessary to reverse our course for social and environmental justice if we want to leave a better life for our grandchildren and beyond.