We were doing so well! Almost an entire week without a single offensive remark about rape coming from a politician of either party, and here comes John Koster — the Republican nominee for Washington's First Congressional District — to ruin our new record…
"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 the consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?" Koster said. "You know what I mean?"
Obviously, the flippancy of the remarks — "Yeah, I was gonna go to the store but then the 'rape thing' came up and I totes forgot about it" — is attracting the most attention, but it's Koster's inability to distinguish between the violation of sexual assault and the voluntarism of a freely chosen abortion that's most offensive.
Still, a word to the wise: If you're a male politician, best to do more listening than speaking when it comes to the "rape thing." Maybe spend more time talking about what you're going to do about the poverty thingamajig and the education doohickey.
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Tags: Abortion, Crime, Washington, Women's Rights