Nebraska senator responds to criticism for women's march retweet

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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- A Nebraska state senator who had cybersex with a woman on a state computer is facing criticism again for a retweet suggesting that demonstrators at a women's march weren't attractive enough to be sexually assaulted.

Screenshots of Senator Bill Kintner's Twitter account show the controversial retweet.

State Sen. Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion on Sunday retweeted a comment by conservative personality Larry Elder that mocked three women pictured with signs protesting Donald Trump's comments about touching women inappropriately. Above the photo, Elder wrote: "Ladies, I think you're safe."

Kintner's retweet drew immediate criticism online and in Lincoln.. Jane Egan is Chair of the Lancaster Co. Democrats. "If he can’t govern himself in a way that is respectful, that represents his district and the rest of Nebraska, he ought to consider resigning," said Egan. "I don’t think he is doing the job of what he was elected to do, and these distractions are not helping him or anyone else."

Fellow senators are also blasting Kintner.

Senator Bob Krist says enough is enough. "You are in the public eye. You are a public figure, and you have to have a filter. He has no filter. He’ll say whatever comes to his mind. It’s been proven. It’s been documented," said Senator Krist. "Again, we see him disrespecting women and disrespecting what I think is his oath to this office."

Many lawmakers are now arguing that Nebraska needs to put in place a way of censure, sanction or impeachment.

"What were you thinking man? What we're you thinking? With as many people in this community that at one time we voted for you and this is the thanks we get?” said Alvin Davis of Plattsmouth. "I can tell you right now his days are numbered around here."

You may remember, the blunt-spoken lawmaker paid a $1,000 fine last year after he admitted to engaging in mutual masturbation on Skype with a woman who tried to blackmail him.

Kintner declined WOWT 6 News request for an interview. He later released a statement to us Monday saying, “By retweeting a message, I was not implying support for putting women in fear of their personal safety. I took down the retweet as soon as I became aware that it was being misconstrued.”

Kintner did respond to criticism on Twitter into the early hours of Monday, but as of 10 am on Monday, Kintner's Twitter account @billkintner showed that it had been deactivated.

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