Todd Akin is claiming that he is the victim of his legitimate rape scandal, and now he is circulating a petition of support and trying to raise money off his comments.
Hours after the deadline passed for him to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race, Todd Akin tweeted:
The link in the tweet takes you to a website that contains a fundraising plea disguised as a petition.
Here’s the fundraising pitch,
The people from Missouri who elected me know I’m not perfect. They don’t make perfect people. We all make mistakes. When you make a mistake you tell people you’re sorry, you don’t try and hide it. I made a mistake and I’m sorry.
Unlike Claire McCaskill, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. We must move forward and work together to replace Claire McCaskill in the Senate.
But I can’t do this alone… I need your help
The real victims here aren’t the raped women who Todd Akin’s legitimate rape fantasy would force to carry their rapists’ babies. The real victims aren’t every woman who in Todd Akin’s America would lose the right to make the choice about whether or not to have a child. The real victim is Todd Akin, the entitled white man who believes it is his birthright to tell women want to do with their bodies.
Akin’s plea is right out of Republican politics 101. Screw up, blame the liberal media, then cash in off your idiotic base who has been trained for decades to believe that the “liberal media” is out to get them. However, Akin has added his own unique twist to the playbook.
The liberal media who is trying to force him out is none other than Fox News. The “liberals” who are calling for him to quit are people like Karl Rove, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, John Ashcroft, and just about every other Republican out there not named Mike Huckabee and the Family Research Council.
Rep. Akin can do this because he is a six term House incumbent who has his fundraising and base in the state of Missouri. Akin thinks he doesn’t need the Republican Party, and the his first big masterstroke as a lone wolf is to try to fundraise off the junk science idea of legitimate rape.
Todd Akin has moved from insulting and threatening women to trying to exploit rape victims for political financial gain.
This man has no shame, and if elected would be a disgrace to the United States Senate.
If you want to make sure that Akin’s political career is finished, here is a link to his Democratic opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s donate page.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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