Shame on you, Todd Akin
posted at 8:14 pm on August 21, 2012 by Patrick Ishmael
Today on Dana Loesch’s St. Louis radio program, embattled Missouri Republican nominee for the Senate Rep. Todd Akin rattled off this horrific chain of statements confirming that what the candidate said this weekend was exactly what we all thought he meant:
You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it….. There isn’t any legitimate rapist….[I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.
“False claims.” As a reminder, here’s what Akin told Fox 2 St. Louis’s Charles Jaco on his program broadcast on Sunday:
If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
“False claims.” Nobody I know is claiming that Akin’s “legitimate” comment was about the attacker. It’s objectionable because “legitimate” was about the victims and their claims. If it’s not “legitimate,” Akin argues, the body won’t react naturally and reject conception. He was trying to impute some blame to victims, and still is.
So, no, Akin didn’t “misspeak.” He was calling swaths of rape victims impregnated by their attackers potential liars. Mr. Akin, don’t tell me, a Missouri Republican, that you meant anything else by your remarks. You didn’t misplace your words, and that makes it so, so much worse. I want Claire McCaskill out as much as anyone, but guess what? I and whole lot of other voters — Republican, Democrat, and not — still want to be able to look at themselves in the mirror after they cast their votes in November.
And I’ll look proudly at myself that day and after. I don’t have to take onto my shoulders the shame you clearly do not feel. I don’t have to accept this. And I will not. Not in my Republican Party. Not in my representative.