Just when you realize Republicans have some good eggs in the bunch — out comes another rape comment from the GOP.
Wisconsin State Representative Roger Rivard joined Todd Akin (and tons of other white Republican men) in the “I am an awesomely accurate commenter on rape” category a year ago. Now that he’s in a tough race with Democratic challenger Stephen Smith, he is having to defend his ridiculous comment.
Rivard was talking to the Chetek Alert newspaper about a teenage sexual assault case when he revealed his father once told him “Some girls rape easy.” Aww, what a sweet father-son moment.
In an attempt to explain what dear old dad really meant, Rivard released two statements to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. First he said:
“What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, ‘If you’re going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.’ So the way he said it was, ‘Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.’
So it’s been kind of taken out of context.”
Then, presumably after everyone told him he was an idiot, he said:
“Sexual assault is a crime that unfortunately is misunderstood and my comments have the potential to be misunderstood as well. Rape is a horrible act of violence. Sexual assault unfortunately often goes unreported to police. I have four daughters and three granddaughters and I understand the importance of making sure that awareness of this crime is taken very seriously.”
I have friends who are girls! And don’t misunderstand me just like how sexual assault is misunderstood. Because misunderstanding me, and raping someone, are totally appropriate to compare.
Some men make looking like an asshole easy.