Conservative MSNBC host Scarborough on Monday lamented that a recent assertion by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin about “legitimate” rape showed that the Republican Party was continually “shooting themselves in the foot” by nominating the most extreme candidates.
During an interview with a local TV station over the weekend, Akin had been asked if his extreme anti-abortion views applied to cases where the woman had been raped.
“It seems to me, first of all, what I understand from doctors is that’s really where—if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said.
“You read it on the paper,” Scarborough said at the start of his MSNBC show on Monday. “Oh my God! And then you actually see his lips move and those words come out. Who thinks that way? What doctors [is he talking to]? Is it too late to throw mama from the train and have a new Republican primary?”
“It’s shocking, but Republicans keep doing this,” he added, linking Akin to other extreme tea party candidates like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Sharon Angel in Nevada. “Republicans had Delaware two years ago and the decided to go with the person who was clearly going to lose. They had a shot at Nevada and they clearly went with the most unelectable candidate. They had been warned by reading press reports that Todd Akin was the only candidate that would give Claire McCaskill an opportunity of winning, and here we are.”
“This is a Republican Party that does not want to win the majority. They do not want to win the majority. They want to keep shooting themselves in the foot.”
Watch this video from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast Aug. 20, 2012.
(h/t: The Huffington Post)
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- Rep. Speier: Akin’s rape views ‘consistent’ with ‘vast majority of Republicans’
- Obama admonishes Akin: ‘Rape is rape’
- Akin apologizes: ‘I was talking about forcible rape’
- Rape victims speak up against Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comment
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019