Huckabee blames GOP for allowing Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comment to sink campaign

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, July 7, 2014 11:37 EDT
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In the forward to former Senate candidate Todd Akin’s new book, former Arkansas governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defends Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment.

“I expected Democrats to pounce on Todd,” Huckabee wrote, for a comment that women don’t become pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.”

“But I was disheartened and outraged when Republicans circled the wagons,” he continued, “not to support Todd and help him overcome an obstacle but instead as a firing squad pointed at the congressman.”

Huckabee further claimed that the author of Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom is just one of many “social conservatives” who have been attacked by “party bosses, partisan power brokers and the entrenched GOP establishment.”

“I’m deeply offended by this infighting within the Republican Party,” he wrote, “because it is so destructive to the country we care so deeply about.”

Oliver North also contributed a glowing review of Akin and his book, writing that he admires “Todd’s stand for the sanctity of life” and “his steadfast resolve against an onslaught of media bullies and party bosses,” which he characterized as “the stuff of legend.”

According to Right Wing Watch, Akin’s publisher — World Net Daily’s Joseph Farah — said that the “legitimate rape” comment “represents in its entirety one of the best articulations of the life ethic. There’s simply nothing in there that is factually wrong or offensive — unless you are looking to be offended by something.”

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Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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