From what the definition of "rape" is to how victims should respond in the act, Republicans have quite the track record of failing to understand how women's physiology and psychology work. Here is a list comprising some of the most offensive words to come out of the mouths of politicians and pundits from the Right since Roe v. Wade.
What are some of the worst things Republicans have said about rape? There are quite a few to choose from, unfortunately, so these nine are just a barometer of how bad and insensitive the comments are. From the most horrible rape cases to offensive Republican quotes on the topic, these statements caused quite a stir.Check out more lists like the most controversial comments of the 2012 presidential election, absurd positions in the republic, and the best choices for president in the 2016 election.
5. Clayton Williams Suggests Victims Enjoy It While They Can
"Well, bad weather is like rape: if it's inevitable, you might as well relax and enjoy it." — Clayton Williams, GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, March 24, 1990
Clayton Williams, a Texas oil-man running for political office under the Republican banner. At the time of his comment, he held the lead against incumbent Ann Richards. After a series of gaffes, including this one, he eventually lost the race. To this day, Williams says he was joking. After all, the quip wasn't made while discussing rape; rather he said it while actually discussing the terrible weather Texas was having that year.
It is unknown how Williams actually does feel about rape, but after failing to apologize or understand why the comment could, and did, cause such a stir, one can only assume there is some truth to how he believes victims should handle the situation.
6. Mike Huckabee Lauds Americans Conceived Post-Rape
"And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things. "— Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Governor
After Todd Akin made his scientifically inaccurate claim that women cannot get pregnant from rape, Mike Huckabee came to his defense. While Huckabee did not say Akin's statements were accurate in anyway, in fact he gave accounts of several people he personally knew who were conceived through rape, he nevertheless suggests that the rapes that occurred were defensible because the people born from those crimes are often "extraordinary" human beings, citing televangelist James Robinson and gospel singer Ethel Waters as proof.
While it is not my place to deny Huckabee's claim that wonderful people have and will continue to exist due to rape, it is certainly a stupid statement to make and will cause some obvious issues. Not only does he indirectly state that rape has been beneficial for society—as these good Americans would not have existed otherwise—, he also ignores correlary statistics between the ruling of Roe v. Wade and the decline in violent crime, also known as the Donahue-Levitt Hypothesis.
Additionally, I could very easily give more than two examples of terrible people who were born under ideal circumstances, would you then claim that all planned and desired pregnancies should then be terminated? No, because that's stupid. Whether or not a fetus has the potential to be an awesome or terrible person despite its parentage is not the point. It never has been, and straw man arguments like that are little more than a distraction.
7. Tom Smith Compares Rape to Pre-Marital Sex
As a father, Tom Smith a Republican running for the Senate in Pennsylvania, wants to let you know that he understands the plight of the rape victim because his daughter became pregnant out of wedlock. Although he agrees that it isn't rape, he says "it is similar" from the "father's position." As if the father's position is the one that matters when it comes to a woman's vagina. While there are certainly worse things to have been said from members of the Grand Old Party, the sheer lack of empathy for women or understanding of what it is to be a victim of a violent crime versus a consenting partner in a sexual relationship is baffling.
Not only does it miss the point completely about why people even talk about "the rape issue", he totally throws his daughter under the bus because he didn't approve of her actions and makes it about how her willingness affected him. There is an ocean of difference between a planned pregnancy and an accidental one, but there are light years separating consent and rape, no matter the zygote creation outcome.
8. Dana Loesch Cannot Distinguish Between Consensual Sex and Rape
Virginia recently passed new legislature which would require women seeking abortions to under go an invasive ultrasound procedure that involves vaginal penetration. As Trotta says in the below clip, many are likening it to rape as an ultrasound will be required by law prior to getting an abortion. While a standard ultrasound may suffice in later terms of pregnancy, if the procedure is requested to be performed within the first trimester, the ultrasound will generally require the doctor to insert a probe up the woman's uterus. The procedure is said to be painless, nevertheless the thought of a foreign probe being inserted into a person's body isn't always desirable. Additionally, even though it is the law, if the woman is truly against the idea then it would indeed under the federal definition of rape: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim." Seems pretty clear, right?
Not if you're CNN contributor Dana Loesch, who had the following to say on her talk show, with regards to the people 'crying rape': "Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy." For the full sound bite:
Loesch apparently has no idea what the word "consensual" means and how it applies in cases of rape and sex. Further, she appears to suggest that once a woman says "yes" to a person in one instance, she has thereby lost her right to say "no" subsequently, be it to the same partner, future partners, or even her physician. Clearly once a woman says yes, the world is free to stick whatever phallic shapes it pleases inside of her, whether she likes it or not.She gives no comment to women who may be seeking abortions due to, as Whoopie Goldberg might say, "rape-rape", however, and the option for women to opt-out on the procedure failed to pass. I guess once you're "ruined" you might as well start saying yes to everything.