GOP Candidate: Pregnancy After Rape Is 'Gift From God'
In the words of one of the worst presidents in modern U.S. history, George W. Bush famously said, “Fool me once, shame on… shame on you. Fool me, can’t get fooled again.” While Bush butchered the famous cliché, “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” the sentiment can be applied to today’s politics when it comes to the Grand Old Party (emphasis on the ‘old’) and the political lightening rod issue of rape.
GOP senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock is the latest conservative cluster-f*ck . Where many thought it was possible to top senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” debacle, Mourdock may have done just that.
During a debate, Mourdock said he opposes abortion even in cases of rape because God creates life.
“I struggled with it myself for a long time,” he began on the campaign stump.
Side note: when people begin statements like, “I struggled with it,” “I’m not racist, but,” or “No disrespect,” ten times out of ten, something foolish is about to follow. Mourdock doesn’t appoint here.
“I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” he continued. “And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Most remarkable about this debacle is that Mourdock more or less doubled down on his comments, suggesting that those who have a problem with his statements are the ones with the issue.
“Are you trying to suggest somehow that God preordained rape, no I don’t think that,” Mourdock stated when asked about his questionable comments. “Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that’s not even close to what I said.”
We’ll let the readers debate the theological implications of the statement, but politically, this can’t play well in a tight race.
During a press conference today, Mourdock says his comments were “misunderstood.”
“I am confident God abhors [rape].”