This would be unbelievable, except for how it's totally, hilariously, depressingly, rage-makingly believable:
Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin's assertion.This was his full statement:
King told an Iowa reporter he's never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.
"Well I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal way," King told KMEG-TV Monday, "and I'd be open to discussion about that subject matter."
Well I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal way and I'd be open to hearing discussion about that subject matter. Generally speaking it's this: That there millions of abortions in this country every year. Millions of them are paid for at least in part by taxpayers. I think it's immoral for us to compel conscientious objecting taxpayers to fund abortion through the federal government, or any other government for that matter. So that's my stand. And if there are exceptions there, then bring me those exceptions let's talk about it. In the meantime it's wrong for us to compel pro-life people to pay taxes to fund abortion.I cannot state this any more plainly: Someone this comprehensively out of touch with the lived experiences of girls and women is unfit to hold elected office.
[H/T to everyone in the multiverse, and my thanks to each and every one of you.]