The effort of former Republican Congresscritter Todd Akin to trump up publicity for his new book continues. He went on MSNBC Thursday to not only hawk his new book but also defend the comments that ended up making him a “former Republican Congresscritter” to begin with — that rape pregnancies are rare and that women’s bodies attempt to shut down cases of “legitimate rape.”
While carrying on a discussion with Chuck Todd, Akin invented wholesale a brand new rationale for the comments, in addition to repeating his assertions that Clinton is guilty of rape, and that the discredited Nazi Science behind his claim was legitimate. It’s abjectly bizarre; you can watch the conversation in the video below:
The thing that strikes me as odd is this is something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. because it doesn’t make any sense to say a conservative is saying that rape is legitimate.
Akin then pivoted to “countless other examples of Bill Clinton being involved in assault on women or indecent behavior,” and attacked Hillary Clinton for representing a suspect that had been accused of rape as a defense attorney.
When confronted by Todd about the scientific inaccuracies of his claims, however, Akin stubbed up:
But confronted by Todd about the scientific validity of his claims — there is no scientific evidence that adrenaline or stressful situations impact ovulation — Akin insisted that the science was still on his side. “There have been six recent studies and we can provide you with a footnote for those that say that stress has an effect on pregnancy,” he said. Asked if there should be any instance where abortions should be legal, Akin said, “I think that what doctors should do is to try to save life” and suggested that he would support abortion in cases where the child has no chance to live and giving birth would kill the mother.
We already knew that Akin regretted apologizing for this stupid remarks, but while on the book tour Akin also compared himself sympathetically to Joe McCarthy, the Patron Saint of the John Birch Society, making him failure at biology and history.