So evidently, today is this week’s “Let’s Demean Women” Asshole Hall of Fame Day. We have our two winners boldly going where their political party…boldly goes every damned week:
The Runner Up: John Kasich, Governor of Ohio! He lovingly declares that it’s not easy for the wives of politicians to stay in the shadows because, gosh darn, “they’re at home doing the laundry, and so many things, while we’re here up on stage getting a little bit of applause…” Aww, thank goodness for the little woman who does his laundry. I’m sure she appreciates that shout out.
But our WINNER today is Jon Kyl, Senator from Arizona! He decided he would use his expertise and liken the statement put out by the American Embassy in Cairo before the protestors got out of hand on Tuesday to blaming a rape victim. Yes, he actually went there:
Kyl said that the Cairo embassy’s statement “was like the judge telling the woman, ‘You got raped, you asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ That’s the same thing. ‘Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done’ — done what, I don’t know — but it’s all your fault that it happened.
Let’s think back… oh, right. A diplomat in Cairo thought it would be a good idea to be, oh, I don’t know… DIPLOMATIC, and issue a brief statement disconnecting the embassy from a film that was starting to rile up crowds (this was of course before they breached the wall and burned the flag, or before anything happened in Libya). It’s called “de-escalation.” But, oh no, Jon Kyl had to hop on the Romney bandwagon before the facts were in, and blame the embassy for causing the problems… What was Kyl thinking?… “hmmm, I can go one better! Why not reference how similar it is to rape! That’s the ticket!” Asshole.
What never ceases to amaze me is how deeply knowledgeable these Republicans appear to be about rape. What is that about, I wonder?