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Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin Says “War On Women” is Being Waged by Hillary Clinton

In the ongoing onslaught of media coverage and even opposition attacks of Hillary Clinton – who neither holds nor has announced intention to run for any public office – an old favorite has appeared back on the scene. Former GOP Senate candidate Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin has emerged from relative obscurity, trying to publicize his book tour by criticizing Hillary Clinton after her recent book tour.

Well, to be fair, Akin is actually jumping on the critical bandwagon following the “scandal” surrounding Clinton’s defense of an accused rapist in 1975. The story is interesting, especially since the victim went on-the-record with The Daily Beast, but since Clinton does not hold nor has she declared she is seeking public office, it seems irrelevant.

Of course good sense has never applied to Todd Akin, who became infamous after saying that a woman’s body “has ways to shut that whole thing down,” with “that whole thing” referring to pregnancy after “legitimate” rape. In 2012, he essentially became the face of the perceived “War on Women” being waged by the GOP.

Yet, never one to leave bad enough alone, Akin told the The Daily Mail (perhaps the only paper that would take his calls?) that it is “hypocritical that Hillary Clinton would carry on about an imagined ‘Republican war on women’…when she once got a child rapist off the hook.” He also pointed to her defense of her husband during his campaign and presidency, in an odd attempt to recast President Clinton as a rabid sexual predator.

Clinton’s most egregious insult to women and rape victims everywhere, was apparently how she “laughed” when describing how she won the case. Which, of course, is all a lie. Clinton was interviewed by Roy Reed and went into an anecdote about the case. She talks about how “horrible” it was, but that she had to do her duty as this man’s attorney.

In fact, in a move that would have ultimately made her defense more difficult, she had the defendant take a lie detector test. “I had him take a polygraph,” Clinton said, “which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.” And yes, she does laugh here, and the interviewer also laughs later in the discussion, at what was the general ineptitude of the prosecution. They were laughs of disbelief not mean-spirited joy.


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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.