Watch as Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend lets his inner ignoramus out.
In the aftermath of his“some girls, they rape so easy” comments, Republican State Rep. Roger Rivard lost a lot of support among his fellow Republicans, but not among those Republicans who distanced themselves from Rivard’s comments is State Rep. Dan Knodl.
Instead of distancing himself from Rep. Rivard, Rep. Knodl is actually actively providing staff in support of Rep. Rivard’s reelection campaign. Last week Knodl’s opponent, Democrat Shan Haqqi, issued a statement calling on Rep. Knodl to withdraw his support for Rep. Rivard’s campaign.
Shan Haqqi, candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly District 24, called on his opponent, state Rep. Dan Knodl, to withdraw staff support from state Rep. Roger Rivard’s campaign and to disavow his colleague’s controversial comments about rape.
“I find it both shocking and offensive to learn that my opponent has yet to disavow his colleague’s disgusting comments, and worse, continues to actively support his campaign for re-election,” said Haqqi.
Knodl staffer Tim Lundquist has continued to work for Rep. Rivard’s campaign even after the candidate’s remarks resulted in the loss of endorsements and support from prominent Republicans such as Governor Scott Walker, Vice Presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, and state Rep. Robin Vos, who is leading the Republican effort to maintain a majority in the State Assembly.
“As Assistant Majority Leader, my opponent has a responsibility to lead his colleagues in rejecting hateful rhetoric that insults victims of sexual assault and makes light of a subject that deserves respectful and intelligent discussion,” said Haqqi. “The fact that he continues to support Rep. Rivard speaks not only to my opponent’s lack of leadership but to his lack of a moral and ethical compass.”
The controversy emerged earlier this month when Rivard attempted to clarify remarks he’d made to the Chetek Alert about how “some girls rape easy,” falsely claiming to have been raped after engaging in consensual sex.
Democrat Rob Zerban, who’s challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Ryan in the 1st Congressional district, is out with a new video highlighting Rep. Ryan’s support for fellow Republicans Todd Akin, Roger Rivard, and Richard Mourdock, all of whom have made ignorant and offensive statements regarding rape and a woman’s right to choose.
Here’s the ad.
No matter how he tries to walk back his endorsements of Todd Akin, Roger Rivard, and Richard Mourdock, Paul Ryan can’t walk back the fact that Ryan himself has said that the “method of conception” doesn’t matter to him when it comes to his pro-life views.
On the final debate in the Indiana Senate race held last night, Republican Senate nominee Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party extremist, explained his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. During his explanation, Mourdock suggested pregnancies resulting from rape are the will of God and therefore should not be an exception to a ban on abortion (emphasis added).
“You know, this is that issue for that every candidates for federal, or even state office, faces. And I, too, certainly stand for life,” said Mourdock, after both Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning had identified as pro-life, though Donnelly also stated his support for an exception in cases of rape. “I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother.”
Mourdock then seemed to choke back tears, and continued: “I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from god. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
It’s worth noting that as recently as September 17, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was campaigning side-by-side with Mourdock, whose U.S. Senate candidacy Ryan endorsed during that visit.
As I write this, there’s been no word from the Romney-Ryan campaign on whether or not Paul Ryan agrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments about rape, pregnancy, and abortion, but Democratic Congressional candidate Rob Zerban, who’s running against Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional district, released the following statement.
“Of course, Paul Ryan will keep backing away from the dark corners of his party from where these disturbing comments about rape and violence against women are emanating. But Ryan can’t back off their shared anti-women worldview. Ryan himself has called rape just another ‘method of conception,’ and co-authored the infamous Todd Akin bill to redefine rape. Ryan can no longer duck responsibility for his extreme views against women’s most basic rights.”
As reported by Tara Culp-Ressler of ThinkProgress, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith of Pennsylvania had his own “Todd Akin moment” recently when he said a woman getting pregnant after being raped is “similar” to a woman having a child out of wedlock.
MARK SCOLFORO, ASSOCIATED PRESS: How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?
SMITH: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.
SCOLFORO: Similar how?
SMITH: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.
SCOLFORO: That’s similar to rape?
SMITH: No, no, no, but… put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.
Can someone help me with this? I’m having a hell of a time trying to figure out how any reasonable person can think that rape and having a child out of wedlock are even remotely similar.
I’m also having a hell of a time trying to understand how any woman could read or hear statements like Tom Smith’s and still think voting for Republicans is a good idea. These guys are seriously starting to remind me of a bunch of neanderthals.
This just about sums things up…
Comedian (and good friend of Blogging Blue) Lee Camp is discussing Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, and “legitimate rape” in his latest Moment of Clarity.
Have a watch.
I’ve already covered the travails of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri, who famously said victims of “legitimate rape” won’t become pregnant, and while Rep. Akin’s detractors have spanned the political spectrum, at least one Republican lawmaker is coming to Akin’s defense.
According to a report by Sioux City, Iowa CBS affiliate KMEG, Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa said he hasn’t heard of instances in which young victims of statutory rape or incest become pregnant.
“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter,” King said.
In a statement released after KMEG’s report aired, Rep. King King suggested his comments were taken out of context.
It’s important to note that along with Rep. Akin and Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan, Rep. King co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion” bill. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion” bill co-sponsored by Reps. Akin, Ryan, and King was a blatant attempt by House Republicans to attempt to redefine rape so that it only applied to “forcible” rape, meaning that all those “fake” rape victims would stop exploiting loopholes to get themselves abortions. After a considerable amount of backlash over their attempt to redefine rape, House Republicans pulled that part out of the bill for a time, only to try to sneak it back in once public outcry had died down.
Keep in mind that the Republican war on women is nothing more than a figment of your imagination, if some conservatives are to be believed.
Take, for instance, Idaho Republican Chuck Winder. Winder is the sponsor of that state’s “Double Ultrasound Bill,” which would require women to have an ultrasound before they can access any abortion services. These ultrasounds would be offered “free of charge,” but women would have to have them performed at an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center, where anti-choice operatives would do their best to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies. Then, if the woman decides to go through with the termination, she would have to fork over the cash for a second ultrasound, which would be performed by the abortion physician.
Now, Winder is wondering whether women, mindless, fragile women, are capable of knowing what rape even is. Addressing his detractors — women’s groups who claim his double ultrasound law traumatizes women who are the victims of rape and incest, and for whom there are no exceptions — Winder wondered as he wandered:
“Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”