Republican elected officials took to Twitter Thursday to rail against President Donald Trump’s attack on MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. While many of those who responded were women, some male leaders also spoke out against the “inappropriate” comments they felt were “beneath” the office of the presidency. The problem, however, is that Trump’s attacks on women aren’t unique to Trump, they’re indicative of a party that frequently regards women as less.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) explained that most Republicans “don’t talk like that.” Unfortunately, she is wrong and ill-informed.
Here are some of the worst offenders in the Republican Party that prove Trump is merely toeing his party’s line.
1. The “rape is no big deal” Republicans:
When Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin suggested that women can’t get pregnant if they’re raped, it quickly destroyed any shot he had at winning his election.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said. But Republicans have been saying similar things long before and since Akin’s political career was crushed.
Former Olympic miler turned Congressman, Jim Ryun, was so anti-choice he said that women should be forced to carry the fetus after being raped because it would “help her heal.”
In 1995, Rep. Henry Aldridge (R-NC) implied to the House Appropriations Committee that women can’t get pregnant from “real rape.”
“The facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant. Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever,” he explained.