Six Republicans who lost their political campaigns on Tuesday learned that when one speaks callously about rape, one’s political career will end–quickly. The rogues gallery who spouted poison about this brutal crime includes:
Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri (above), who lost his senatorial quest, said that "legitimate rape" victims rarely get pregnant since their bodies can "shut that whole thing down."
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock (above), who lost his senatorial campaign, said that pregnancies from rape are "something that God intended to happen."
Tom Smith of Pennsylvania (above), who lost his senatorial campaign, said getting pregnant from rape is "similar" to having a baby out of wedlock.
Rep. Roger Rivard of Wisconsin (above), who lost his re-election bid, said in reference to a 17-year-old charged with sexual assault on an underage girl, "some girls rape easy."
Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois (above), who lost his re-election bid, said that exceptions to abortion bans to save the life of the mother are not necessary since "with modern technology and science, you can't find one instance" of a woman dying while giving birth.
John Koster of Washington State (above), who lost his congressional candidacy, asked, "But on the rape thing it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?”