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Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin Wants to Make Sure You Know He Thinks Bill Clinton is a Rapist

It’s only been a week after disgraced former Representative from Missouri and failed Senate candidate rescinded his apology regarding his infamous “legitimate rape” comments in his new book. Predictably, this caused a minor uproar, but because Akin isn’t a famous radio or television host isn’t hasn’t really been the type of thing activists rally around. However, Akin is exactly the problem in American politics: a fringe nutball who creates a spectacle around himself that ultimately distracts the attention of the media and their audiences from politicians worth talking about.

In an “op-ed” for WorldNetDaily.com – a conservative site that traffics in innuendo and conspiracy almost exclusively – Akin has defended his actions. Akin writes that in his book he decided to put imaginary words in the then-Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s mouth about his controversy: A credibly accused rapist is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks, and you want me [note: this is supposed to be Romney speaking] 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.”

This kind of sass is exactly what partisan troglodytes love. Note how Akin’s imagined Romney quote ends with a phrase – “if the truth hurts, put some ice on it” – that one would expect to find on an idiot’s keychain or cubicle wall. Akin then goes on to try to shift the blame for his hateful comments to suggesting that former President Bill Clinton is a sexual predator. Akin, of course, has no relationship with the Clintons and seems to simply be compiling his accusations from the various tabloid reporting that surrounded the 42nd President’s myriad sex scandals.

It’s unclear if Akin is angling for a conservative talk show or he still hopes to pursue a life of public “service,” but he is exactly the problem with how divided the country is currently. He offers no arguments of substance and keeps the tone of the conversation bitchy and ignorant. He tries to appeal to the base fears of conservatives, while shrouding himself in the flag, the bible, and all that other culture war nonsense.

Until conservatives reject undereducated “pot-stirrers” like Akin, the erosion of our national unity will continue past the breaking point.

 

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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.