Former Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin—who famously tanked his chances for election after stating that pregnancy as a result of rape "is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."—has [video starts playing automatically at link] broken his silence (whoops) about what he's been doing since he lost ("I had chance to change oil in cars, fix things around the house, see my grandchildren") and about his reprehensible comments.
In an exclusive interview with KSDK-TV, the former Missouri congressman said, "I'm not going to try to get even with anybody. If you start to blame everyone else for something that happened you didn't like, it will destroy you. It will eat you alive."Ha ha neat description—really, a PERFECT description—of what happened!
After 12 years representing Missouri's 2nd Congressional District, this infamous quote, "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," derailed his campaign and his reputation.
Would he take those six seconds back?
Akin said, "Oh, of course I would! I've relived them too many times. But that is not reality."
In the past, Akin said he regrets those remarks but does he believe they are true? Does he believe in his heart that the female body can stop a pregnancy in the case of a rape?
Akin said, "No, no and I apologized for that. All of us are fallible, we make mistakes, and we say things the wrong way. I really lived that moment many, many times."
What actually happened: Akin went on Fox News and explained to Dana Loesch that "he meant to argue that women sometimes lie about being raped. ...Since he first made the comments over the weekend, Akin claimed that he meant to say 'forcible,' rather than 'legitimate' rape."
Which, you know, is total rape apologist garbage.
I love, ahem, that Akin apparently thinks if only he'd said instead, "If it's a forcible rape, and not one of those not-really-rape rapes that women are always inventing, the female body will totes prevent pregnancy," then everything would be fine and he would today be a United States Senator.
This fucking guy.
[NB: Not only "female bodies" get pregnant.]