Todd ‚ÄėLegitimate Rape‚Äô Akin Wants Everyone To Know That Bill Clinton Is A Rapist
On Sunday, former Republican Congressman Todd Akin wrote an op-ed for the far-right conspiracy website WorldNetDaily. The column was in response to an article about him and his upcoming book, ‚ÄėFiring Back,‚Äô that appeared in Politico last week. The failed 2012 Senate candidate is outraged that Politicomisrepresented a quote from his book. He feels that the news publication edited a quote about former President Bill Clinton in order to protect both Clinton and his wife, who is thinking about running for the White House in 2016. Per Akin, Politico should have used the excerpt from his book exactly how it was written. In his book, Akin portrays Bill Clinton as ‚Äúa credibly accused rapist.‚ÄĚ
In the Politico article, the quote from the book is shown as such:
‚Äú[Bill Clinton] is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks, and you want me to denounce a decent, God-fearing man for his inelegant comments about rape? No, not happening, and if the truth hurts, put some ice on it.‚ÄĚ
Meanwhile, the direct quote from Akin‚Äôs book is as follows:
‚ÄúA credibly accused rapist is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks, and you want me to denounce a decent, God-fearing man for his inelegant comments about rape? No, not happening, and if the truth hurts, put some ice on it.‚ÄĚ
The likely reason the Politico article writers bracketed the quote and inserted Bill Clinton‚Äôs name was to let the readers know exactly who Akin was referencing. Also, in the paragraph before the quote, the article points out that Akin wanted 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney to defend Akin‚Äôs ‚Äúlegitimate rape‚ÄĚ comment and hammer Clinton over his past indiscretions and accusations that had been levied against him. Therefore, they weren‚Äôt necessarily trying to ‚Äúprotect‚ÄĚ the ex-President or Mrs. Clinton.
Akin writes that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should have defended him by using Clinton‚Äôs indiscretions and alleged comment that one woman ‚Äúput some ice on that‚ÄĚ just as Clinton was set to serve as a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. In 2012, Romney denounced Akin‚Äôs comments and urged him to drop out of the race.
However, for Akin, he sees only a big liberal conspiracy. He thinks the majority of the media out there is in on it; they just want Hillary to be the next POTUS and will do anything to make it so. In his op-ed, Akin throws multiple charges at Bill Clinton, basically stating that he has raped or assaulted a number of women in his life. He then states that Hillary Clinton is complicit in all of this as she would protect Bill Clinton in the press and sully the reputations of the accusers in the media. He also makes sure to tarnish Mrs. Clinton by repeating the discredited conservative meme that Hillary joked about getting an accused rapist a light sentence.
Hillary Clinton‚Äôs role in all of this was to manage what the Clinton camp called ‚Äúbimbo eruptions‚ÄĚ and denounce women like Lewinsky and former Clinton girlfriend Gennifer Flowers as liars. According to Broaddrick, Hillary even made a veiled threat to her after the rape occurred.
The Politico reporters chose not to know any of this. They insisted that Clinton‚Äôs ‚Äúimpeachment involved Lewinsky, not sexual assault.‚ÄĚ This long-standing evasion of the rape accusations against Clinton have allowed him to regain his popularity and allowed Hillary to perpetuate the Democratic nonsense about the so-called ‚ÄúRepublican War on Women.‚ÄĚ
The bottom line is that my career was ruined for my linking the words ‚Äúlegitimate and rape.‚ÄĚ The Clintons, meanwhile, have maintained their careers only because the media have consciously delegitimized the rape and assault charges against Bill Clinton. And don‚Äôt get me started on Hillary‚Äôs jokey radio interview in which she took credit for springing a man she knew to be guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl.
The word ‚Äúhypocrisy‚ÄĚ does not do justice to this outrage.
Ahhh, no right-wing screed would be complete without a nice heaping dose of victimology. See, Akin is the real victim here. His political career was ruined by speaking truth to power while a ‚Äúcredibly accused rapist‚ÄĚ is admired and loved by the American people. It just is not fair, I tell you!
The thing is, Akin should have been ecstatic that a well-read publication like Politico gave him and his book exposure. Instead, he whines about not being given a fair shake and complains about the ‚Äėliberal media.‚Äô Akin, you can go far away now. You‚Äôve proven, once again, that you don‚Äôt deserve to be treated like a legitimate political figure.