As he chimed in supporting embattled Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin, Iowa Rep. Steve King (R-IA) may have walked into his own verbal minefield.
While defending Akin, a fellow Republican, to KMEG-TV Monday, King doubled down on his defense of Akin and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s bill that would ban federal funding of abortion except for cases of “forcible rape.” When reporter Heather Leigh noted that Medicaid currently covers abortions for victims of statutory rape or incest, King said he was not aware of any victims of that type.
“I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” he said. “I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”
“We need to respect humans more than we do animals,” King said. “When we elevate animals above that of humans, we’ve crossed a moral line. For example, if there’s a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl – say, a 13-year-old girl – and it happens in America more times than you and I would like to think, that sexual predator could pick that girl up off the playground at the middle school, and haul her across the state line, and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime, and bring her back and drop her off at the swing-set, and that’s not against the law in the United States of America.”
A spokesperson for King, Brittany Lesser, told Talking Points Memo Monday’s remark had been taken out of context.
“What he was saying was, he personally does not know a girl who was raped,” Lesser said. “He never says, ‘I’ve never heard of that.’ There’s a fine line between ‘I’ve never heard of that’ and ‘I don’t know personally anybody who’s been raped. There’s a difference. There is a difference.”
KMEG’S report, aired Monday, can be seen below:
[h/t Talking Points Memo]
‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response
President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.
"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."
Trump is in a ‘fight-or-flight state’ over coronavirus: ‘Art of the Deal’ co-author
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Trump biographer and "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz laid out the president's state of mind over the coronavirus crisis.
"Let's understand Trump," said Schwartz. "Trump is the chief energy officer of this land. So, in other words, his energy has a disproportionate impact on all our energy. And he already raised the anxiety of people over the last four years considerably. He'll exploit fear if he thinks that serves him, or deny fear if he thinks that serves him."
"That's an important point," said host Ari Melber. "You're arguing, as someone who worked with him, that while we just heard about a public interest approach, you're saying you don't see him using public interest?"
Markets are ‘getting ready for something worse’ amid coronavirus chaos: Expert
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," business analyst Richard Quest said that the United States is not likely on track for a recession at the moment — but that if the coronavirus outbreak explodes within the country, it could destabilize the economy into a tailspin.
"The 1,190-point drop today, the largest in the history of the New York Stock Exchange," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Over the past week, the Dow Jones has dropped 3,581 points since last Thursday alone ... could the U.S. economy now go into recession if the coronavirus spreads here in the United States?"
"Right, the qualifications of that is the last bit of your question: If it spreads in the United States," said Quest. "At the moment, there's no reputable economist that is forecasting a global recession or a U.S. recession if the status quo is maintained, i.e., periodic expansions of this with just a few more cases. However, if there was a full-scale outbreak and you start looking at large parts of the U.S. economy being shut down, no question about it. A recession would be on the cards."