It these ever-changing times, in which all that is solid melts into air, it is almost reassuring to be reminded that John Engler remains unfathomably reprehensible:
John Engler, Michigan State’s interim president who last year falsely claimed that a Larry Nassar victim got “kickbacks” from lawyers for encouraging other women to speak up about Nassar’s abuse, has now said that the women who Nassar assaulted are “enjoying” the spotlight.
“You’ve got people, they are hanging on and this has been … there are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight,” Engler told the Detroit News on Friday. “In some ways, they have been able to deal with this better than the ones who’ve been in the spotlight who are still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.”
The remark was buried at the very end of the story about how MSU would allocate funds to help Nassar’s victims seek counseling. At issue, the story said, was whether the money would be available to all victims or only victims who were not part of the university’s $500 million settlement that requires MSU to “pay $425 million to 332 claimants and $75 million to future claimants, of whom 172 are under consideration.”
The Detroit Metro Times highlighted Engler’s comment today, noting that when he was governor, “Engler fought hard against a lawsuit brought by dozens of female inmates who had been raped by state corrections officers. Despite Engler’s efforts, it ended in what at the time was the largest payout in state history.”
Say this for the man, he remains permanently on brand.