FRC Declares Akin the Victim

FRC Declares Akin the Victim August 24, 2012

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.


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  • DaveL

    Expecting Republicans to consistently show a minimum level of respect for facts and non-white-male-heterosexual-christians or else lose support from the public is practicing “gotcha politics”. Expecting women to remain virgins until they’re married, never use contraception even while married, dress like a prairie muffin when in public, not drink where men are present, never go out at night alone, never be alone with an unrelated man, etc., or else be cut off from the law’s protection as an impure slut, however, is not in any way “gotcha politics.”

  • Doug Little

    We feel this is a case of gotcha politics

    WTF does this even mean???

    The dude opened his stupid woefully ignorant fucking mouth, and was, rightfully so, criticised for it. Gotcha politics must mean when a right wing nut bag can’t keep all the lies straight and they say something that proves they are a woefully ignorant douche nozzle.

  • Good. The more people like Perkins vocally voice their support Akin, the less chance there is of him being forced to drop out by the Republican Party.

    It keeps the insanity of the official Republican Party abortion platform on the front page, and reduces their odds of winning a majority in the Senate come November.

    Naturally, I would prefer it if one of the major parties wasn’t in the thrall of insane bastards like Perkins, but until something change, I’m perfectly fine with him showing the voters why the Republican Party is unfit for government. I only wish more people would get the message.

  • “Gotcha politics” is supposed to mean when a person is tricked into saying something that looks bad, especially when taken out of context or misinterpreted.

    This guy wasn’t tricked into saying anything. He opened his mouth and sewage came out, and no amount of context or interpretation helps his case.

    The far-right seems to think that “gotcha” is when they slip-up and say what they really believe. How unfair of everyone else!

  • The irony that a place calling itself the “Family Research Council” is defending misinformation and criticizing candid, accurate discussion about rape and pregnancy is quite painful and, sadly, not surprising in the slightest.

    If I personally knew someone who said what Akin did, I’d react with shock, disbelief, rage, and shunning. Akin is the sort of person I’d want shoved into the dark corners and fringes of society if I wasn’t afraid of what they’d do while outside the blinding light of scrutiny.

  • Chiroptera

    …and I know gotcha politics when I see it.

    I dunno; this looks more like “own goal” to me.

  • tubi

    … planned parenthood…, which is under investigation for use of funds, for cover up on statuatory rape…

    Is this a real thing? If so, does anyone know any specifics?

    Or is it just shit Tony Perkins made up?

  • Michael Heath

    While I don’t empathize with the hate-group FRC, I do note how it can be frustrating for a hate group like theirs to be celebrated for helping the party on somethings and then see one of their true believers suffer at the hands of the leaders of Republican party on this matter. There’s been an amazingly swift and broad condemnation and attempt to ostracize Todd Adkin while other Republicans frequently say and do far worse without negative repercussions. In fact some are even celebrated for more vile actions.

  • iangould

    “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.”

    Alleged rapists’s child.

    So how long before soem douchebag tries to claim in court that because his victim got pregnant that proves no rape occured?

  • “Is this a real thing? If so, does anyone know any specifics?”

    I don’t know the specifics, but a Republican Congressman launched an investigation of PP based on all of the scurrilous allegations he heard about in chain emails. He is or was chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, just in case you were wondering if this had anything to do with his actual job.

    So it’s a real-life “Congressional Investigation” with all the seriousness these things get from conservative Republicans. (The basic technique is to make endless requests for documents to the point of harassment, and when they fail to show anything, allege a cover-up.) But the guy just lost his primary, so it probably won’t go anywhere.

    To the best of my knowledge, there are no non-political investigations going on by any legitimate law enforcement groups.

  • footface

    I thought there were two points:

    1) Akin is a mean-spirited, disrespectful douchebag, and

    2) Akin was factually wrong about the particulars of rape and conception.

    But the FRC backs him up. Good to know.

  • uzza

    “I don’t know anything about the science where babies come from…”

    I can’t fathom anyone over the age of six being unashamed to stand up in public and admit that.

  • “planned parenthood … is under investigation for use of funds, for cover up on statuatory rape”

    [CITATION NEEDED]

    Seriously, can anyone show me the evidence supporting this claim? Or did the ‘pubs just pull this one out the usual orifice?

  • Eh. Teach me to finish reading first — I see Area Man covered that.

    Carry on.