Poor Todd Akin. According to the Family Research Council, he didn’t say something appallingly ignorant and vile that dehumanizes rape victims — he’s just getting a “bad break.” And they stand behind him 100 percent because he agrees with them — and they agree with him — that rape victims should be forced to carry the rapist’s child.
Tony Perkins, the president of the conservative Family Research Council, stood by embattled Missouri Rep. Todd Akin a day after he claimed that “legitimate rape” doesn’t result in pregnancies, sparking a national furor.
“We support him fully and completely,” said FRC Action PAC president Connie Mackey.
Perkins and Mackey expressed support for Akin in the face of what they called “gotcha politics,” issuing a stern warning to Republicans — including Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown — against criticizing Akin.
“We feel this is a case of gotcha politics,” Mackey told reporters outside of the Republican National Committee’s platform committee discussions. “He has been elected five times in that community in Missouri. They know who Todd Akin is. We know who Todd Akin is. We’ve worked with him up on the Hill. He’s a defender of life. He’s a defender of families and this just a controversy built up, I think, it looks as though, to support his opposition. Claire Mccaskill on the other hand, has supported planned parenthood all these years, which is under investigation for use of funds, for cover up on statuatory rape and I think that Todd Akin is getting a really bad break here.”
Perkins and Mackey declined to comment on the substance of Akin’s controversial charge.
“I don’t know anything about the science or the legal implications of his statement. I do know politics, and I know gotcha politics when I see it,” Mackey added.
Fascinating how it’s always “gotcha politics” when a conservative is rightly hammered for saying something vile and disgusting.