Anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly has taken to her blog at the website of the Eagle Forum — the anti-LGBT organization that she founded in 1972 — to call for the resignation of Republican political operative Karl Rove over remarks he made about U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). Thursday morning at a fundraiser for his super PAC, American Crossroads, Rove reportedly said of Akin, whose remarks on rape and pregnancy have made him notorious in recent weeks, ““We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
Schlafly has reacted furiously to Rove’s statement, calling it “incredibly offensive and dangerous.”
“Karl Rove is an embarrassment to the Republican Party,” she wrote. “We don’t want any more of his advice in secret briefings or publicly on Fox News. Missourians don’t want politicians from other states telling us who to run for the Senate.”
Finally, Schlafly said, “Rove has been calling on Todd Akin to resign, but the one who should resign because he made an embarrassing, malicious, and downright stupid remark is Karl Rove.” She did not specify what position she wants him to resign from, Fox News contributor or super PAC chairman.
Schlafly was an early agitator against the women’s movement and campaigned hard to kill the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have guaranteed equal pay to women in the U.S., as well as codifying workplace protections for women against discrimination and harassment. Her son Andrew was the founder of “Conservapedia,” a wildly inaccurate “conservative alternative” to Wikipedia.
Akin garnered national attention when he said in an interview that in cases of so-called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies can “shut down” an unwanted pregnancy, a conservative canard designed to obviate the need for rape and incest exemptions in their stringent anti-abortion agenda. He is running for Senate against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.