Todd Akin's rape fantasy
The Kansas City Star
In his fantasy world, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin wants women who are raped and get pregnant to have the child.
It’s a fantasy world inhabited by fewer than one in five Americans, most of them likely males who can’t get pregnant and don’t have single clue about what horrific emotional and physical damages are caused by a rape.
But in a TV interview released Sunday, Akin exposed his ignorance for all the world to see in a TV interview.
It was one of those should-be-shocking moments in his race to unseat Democrat Claire McCaskill in their U.S. Senate seat.
Akin made some inane comments about rape.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said at one point, stating something that thousands of women only wish were true.
Yes, this is the loose-lipped, ultraconservative candidate whom Republicans have nominated to be the next senator from Missouri.
McCaskill criticized Akin n a statement later Sunday afternoon:
“It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape.”
By late Sunday, the New York Times’ respected Nate Silver was weighing in with this piece, saying it could really hurt Akin.
Caught up in the firestorm, Akin Sunday evening released a statement in which he apologized for being insensitive (full script attached to TV clip):
“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year.”
Akin was on TV, being interviewed about a subject he has spoken on countless times.
Again, you can agree with Akin’s harsh condemnation of women who are raped and get impregnated - they must have that baby - but you can’t possibly think he was just blabbering on in the interview.
In other words, he knew what he was saying and he said it.
Later Sunday, Mitt Romney’s campaign issued a statement saying:
“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”