Number 3 Bigot of the Year 2012: GOP Rape Apologists

29 Dec
Number 3 Bigots of 2012

Number 3 Bigots of 2012

There were plenty of examples of the Republican War on Women in 2012, ranging from battles over contraception to the stunning failure to renew the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act. Nothing was quite so vile, however, as the shockingly repeated misogyny regarding rape. No fewer than five candidates for Federal office said something appalling about rape victims, often relating to shutting down a woman’s right to choose.  For a party that consistently demonstrated how much it HATES women, the GOP was determined to own every vagina in the land.

The most famous are Senate wannabes Todd Akin (MO) and Richard Mourdock (IN). Let’s take a quick look at the whole fool’s gallery.

  • “The right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape, […] gift of human life and accept what God is giving to you.” Presidential candidate Rick Santorum (PA), Jan. 20
  • “If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room; I would give them a shot of estrogen.” Rep. and Presidential candidate Ron Paul (TX), Feb. 3
  • “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” Senate candidate Todd Akin (MO), Aug. 20
  • “It was really an issue of the Catholic church being forced to offer those pills if the person came in with an emergency rape.” Senate candidate Linda McMahon (CT), Oct. 15
  • “When life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (IN), Oct. 23

Sadly,the media largely overlooked the first two, but Akin’s bizarre comment went viral and sunk his nearly sure thing candidacy. The GOP tried to get him out of the race, but he stayed put. With all their hopes for the Senate evaporating, the GOP leadership stuck by Mourdock. That included another lovely “gift from God” quote from Sen. John Cornyn (TX) and an endorsement from Mitt Romney. Happily for the nation, sensible voters said no to false KKKristianity and blatant misogyny.

Dishonorable mention for misogyny even beyond the GOP standard goes to radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh. Not content to rail against the contraceptive provisions in the Affordable Care Act, he targeted Sandra Fluke, a woman testifying before Congress about the need for contraceptive coverage. Limbaugh called her a slut and raved about contraception in a remarkably ignorant way, even for him. He devoted days of his show to the topic, resulting in a costly backlash as sponsors fled from his toxic spew.


6 Responses to “Number 3 Bigot of the Year 2012: GOP Rape Apologists”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 29, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I guess the good news is that there was strong public backlash. Coincidentally, the Central Oregon Coast NOW Chapter, at the Jan. 14 meeting, will have as speaker Alice Vachss, author of Sex Crimes (a NY Times “Notable” Book of 1993); her topic is “All Rape is ‘Real’ Rape” (which also happens to be the title of an op-ed piece she did for the NY Times many years ago – guess things haven’t changed much).

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 29, 2012 at 9:23 am #

      Yes, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. What fantastic news that COC NOW is hosting Alice Vachss! I’m so glad you shared that here. Many many thanks, Michael.

  2. Bruce Thompson December 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    The “gift”of “free speech” just keeps on giving! What pit did these sub-humans come from? I thought this vile election year would never come to an end so that our president could get back to the people’s real business and moving the country FORWARD. The worst part of it all is that these “men” are “fathers?” Hopefully the apples roll far from the tree, not that it happened with the Romney boys – at least one wanting to “punch Obama!” Really? Such a Mormon/Christian thing to do… And several of them lying about their father’s intentions. Who forced him to run for well over a decade; and it was suppose to be God’s will for him to be president. Which God is this? Sorry, but since Romney endorsed (whatever that was worth) that TX Senator, I went there.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      I just love that you are paying attention. Would that more people would pay attention the way you are!

    • Winston December 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

      I would argue that the “gift of free speech” did, in fact, do exactly what it is supposed to do. 1. It allowed people to express how they really feel about things. Whether we agree with these things or not, it is better to have people speak their truth, then to restrict their language – allowing them to speak honestly is THE ONLY WAY way they can be identified, engaged with, disagreed with, argued with, and most importantly NOT ELECTED. Don’t you see? the beauty and importance of free speech is to allow everyone to expose their hearts. This same person could have chosen to remain silent, or worse yet decided to say something that he didn’t believe was true. then what….he may have been elected.

      We do not want to take away free speech. There are only two ways that people can settle differences.
      1. through dialogue, using words, even if those words are shouted, or unpleasent,.. it is much better than the alternative :

      2. violence.

      They have a word for people you can’t talk to. enemies.


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