GOP Congressman Apologizes After ‘Disgusting’ Rape Joke on Social Media Emerges

A member of Congress whose district includes parts of one
South Florida county is apologizing after a social media post emerged in which
he joked about rape.

Rep. Brian Mast, a Republican whose district includes parts
of the Treasure Coast as well as Palm Beach County, apologized after he joked
about sex with teenage girls and alleged assault in a Facebook post with a
friend who later became his campaign manager.

“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,” Mast said in a statement to NBC affiliate WPTV-TV. “I am sorry about that part of who I was, and I strive every day to be a better example for my kids.”

Mast, who lost both his legs and a finger during
an explosion in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan, recently won the GOP primary
and will face Democratic opponent Pam Keith this November.

Keith, who was a lawyer for the U.S. Navy, called
the comments “disgusting, unacceptable and dishonorable.”

A commissioner from Palm Beach County tweeted
that Mast should resign.

“Not. Cool. Downright awful, actually,” Commissioner Melissa McKinlay wrote. “No apology can ever suffice for these comments.”