Earlier this week, commenter Ryan F wondered if Todd Akin had already cornered the market on “The Dumbest Thing” as early as Monday. I responded by suggesting that we shouldn’t underestimate how dumb the comments of Akin’s inevitable supporters will be. While few things can ever top Todd Akin for pure stupidity, this week I’m going with Representative Steve King of Iowa who taught us just a little bit more about how the female reproductive system works. Take notes.
The reason I give King the nod, is that he was fully aware of Akin’s comments, Akin’s backtracking, and the Republican backlash…and he STILL defended Akin. All while running in a newly redistricted area of Iowa that has him in a tough battle with the popular former First Lady of Iowa.
Steve King was asked about his support for Akin’s “women can’t get pregnant if the rape is forcible” mantra, specifically about the fact that the Republican abortion bill that Akin and Paul Ryan co-sponsored would deny coverage for abortions for 12 year-old victims of statutory rape. King responded:
“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,” he said.
Well at least he has an open mind, right? The most likely reading of this is that Steve King believes the magical vagina parts that kill rape sperm are alive and well during “consensual,” yet still illegal, statutory rape.
Even the most generous reading of this passage is that King doesn’t believe in facts that he hasn’t personally observed, which is not exactly inspiring given the number of scientific phenomena that cannot be observed with the naked eye. While positively frightening, this would put him in line with fellow Evangelicals at Bob Jones University who just don’t trust your high-falutin’ theory of electricity that we cannot see or feel.
But the fact of the matter is that Steve King DOES know that young girls can get pregnant from rape, because he’s already said so a few weeks ago while defending dogfighting (yes, there are people out there defending dogfighting — FREE VICK!). As Wonkette points out:
In explaining himself, King argues that animals have more rights than fetuses, and suggests that liberals have so devalued life, that a man can rape a young girl, kidnap her, force her to undergo an abortion across state lines, and then “drop her off at the swingset….and that’s not against the law in the United States of America.”
For the record, it’s actually NOT legal to do…well, any of the stuff Steve King just described. Even if we stretched and assumed he was merely arguing that dogfighting should be a state law issue (State’s Rights, Man!) and therefore should not be the subject of federal laws that don’t reach this conduct, he’s still wrong because the fact pattern above at least violates federal kidnapping laws and the Mann Act.
Steve King has lashed out at the true culprits saying that, “the liberal press and their allies have again twisted my words.” Yes, it’s hard to see how we all came to that conclusion based on his statement.