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GOP Senator Who Back Stabbed Trump Once Argued 13 Year Olds Can Consent to Sex

James Lankford said he believed 13-year-olds were capable of consenting to sex in a 2010 court deposition

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford, the Oklahoma Republican who dropped his challenge of the 2020 election after the events of January 6, 2021, once argued in a court deposition that a 13-year-old was capable of consenting to sexual acts with other teens.

Lankford made the claim while working for more than a decade as the director of youth programming at the Fall Creek Baptist Conference Center, which local media reports attracts more than 50,000 adolescent campers between grades six and 12 annually.

In 2009, while Lankford was employed at the camp, a 13-year-old girl’s family sued a 15-year-old boy, who the parents alleged had sex with their daughter at the camp. While Lankford was not accused of any criminal wrongdoing, he defended the ethics of sexual encounters between teenagers in a court deposition in 2010.

A lawyer for the 13-year-old girl’s family asked Lankford if he thought minors that age could consent to sex.

“Yes, I think they can,” he replied.

The lawyer, Kenyatta Bethea, then asked Lankford the same question, but “in terms of your position as a father,” and Lankford confirmed his stance.

Asked if he would allow his daughters to consent to sex at 13, however, Lankford said no.

“No, I would not encourage that at all,” said Lankford, according to the Associated Press. “Could she make that choice? I hope she would not, but I would not encourage that in any way with my own daughter.”

Oklahoma’s age of consent is 16, and while there is an exception within the law for minors engaging in consensual sex acts between 14-17, there is no provision for how a 13-year-old may be able to consent to sex.

Lankford with other politicians

Right to left: Sens. Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Dan Sullivan, and James Lankford (Sullivan office photo)

Local media adds that there is no evidence Lankford had any type of legal training that would have informed him about the consent laws in Oklahoma at the time of the deposition.

Lankford had been considered an ally of the Trump administration throughout its time in office, but on January 6 the Oklahoma Republican dropped his challenge to the certification of Joe Biden’s controverial election – which was backed by Trump – and helped allow Biden to enter the White House without challenge.

Days later, Lankford wrote an open letter apologizing to his black constituents, in which he suggested that his actions leading up to January 6 could have offended the minority community.

He claimed he did not seek to “diminish the voice of any Black American” with his attempt to stop the certification of the election, but added that “I should have recognized how what I said and what I did could be interpreted by many of you.”

Perhaps due to his refusal to back the popular 45th president, Lankford did not receive endorsement from the Oklahoma Republican Party. That endorsement, instead, went to his primary opponent Jackson Lahmayer, considered by many to be a long shot candidate.

The Oklahoma Republican Primary will be held on June 28, 2022, and the winner is widely expected to win the November election against a weak Democrat challenger.

Lankford has yet to comment on his previous comments at press time.

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    madmemere

    June 26, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Well, Lankford – – are ya stupid much?? No, just a real hypocrite, like too many other politicos; GET OUT of our House and find a “real job”. WE THE PEOPLE do NOT need, nor WANT you to help finish destroying this great country, NOR OUR CHILDREN!!

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    Nick1

    June 26, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    People have to start voting in primaries to remove existing RINO’s.

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      Jen

      June 26, 2022 at 5:30 pm

      Many Republicans don’t know what a RINO is. This guy is a scumbag. I know…

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        Mr Mustashe

        June 27, 2022 at 9:15 am

        Yeah… but, most are less familiar with the Republican class, WINO (witty in name only)!

        And “scumbag”, is probably what you had for lunch!

        Wash your fruits and veggies before wrapping!

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    Stan

    June 26, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Look like honest answers to me. He was simply stating that at that age they have a will of their own, not that they ought to do it. The “age of consent” is a legal construct anyway, designed to deter predators from seducing the underaged. It has nothing to do with an underage’s capacity to consent.

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      John C

      June 26, 2022 at 8:04 pm

      Consent is a legal term when discussing the age of Consent. The law lists it in each state, no the don’t have the maturity, mental capacity or legal ability to consent at that age. You sound like a pedophile.

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        Stan

        June 26, 2022 at 8:30 pm

        That comment is beyond foolish. Lame effort to bury facts and reason and hide behind a legal construct, which has been created for the purpose I explained. And your resort to name-calling is infantile. I am not–and nothing I wrote indicates–what you insultingly wrote.

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        Mr Mustashe

        June 26, 2022 at 8:45 pm

        Mr. C-, you read like a moron!

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    Daniel

    June 26, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I hate to say it, but if our population gets much lower, we’re going to have to rethink a lot of things including the age of marriage. In the old West I believe it was 13 or her first menstrual cycle. Which ever came first. Maybe the Arabs are right on this one.

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    Privateer

    June 26, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    He’s a closet pedo just like all the democrat scum.

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    Shelly Pearce

    June 27, 2022 at 12:19 am

    This phony texas transplant (Bush Machine tool) trash talked Trump on local Tulsa radio during the 2016 election. He’s smug and an arrogant prick. I’ve told his DC staffers on multiple occasions they need to pack their bags.

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    Peted

    June 27, 2022 at 6:59 am

    Whatever rock this Lankford fellow came out from must be destroyed so he cannot retreat back to it in the future.

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    Lionel

    June 27, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Anyone that refused to investigate the now absolutely probable Nov 3 Insurrection of America needs to be run out of town on a rail,preferably heading to the East Left Coast or West Left Coast.

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    American

    June 27, 2022 at 10:36 am

    He must be a pedophile. So if a 13 year old boy gets a 13 year old girl pregnant, how do they plan to support that child? Who is going to hire a 13 or 14 year old kid? Is this why they want to keep abortion legal? And, why don’t most politicians have the ability to think things out? This is an example of the caliber of people in office these days.

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    JOHN MAYOR

    June 27, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Hi, Tom!…
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    If you want to try a “fresh” thread to address the lengthier script, that’s fine!… I can wait!
    .
    Hopefully, I’ll catch it!

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