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Todd Akin Returns, Takes Back Apology, Uses the Word "Legitimate" A Lot

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Welcome back, Todd Akin.
After eighteen months of sitting in the corner like a pouting toddler, former Missouri Representative Todd Akin thinks he's paid his dues for telling rape victims their wombs magically divine the difference between "legitimate rape" sperm from dirty, out-of-wedlock sex sperm.

Sick of feeling like a scapegoat and a punchline, Akin has back in a big way. His book, Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom, comes out tomorrow, and Akin is promoting it by talking about rape, using the word "legitimate" and taking back his apology for his notorious 2012 remarks.

See also: Karl Rove's 2012 Campaign Strategy: Kill Todd Akin

In the book, Akin says he regrets apologizing for his "legitimate rape" comment in this awkwardly earnest YouTube video titled "Forgiveness:"

"My comment about a woman's body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization," Akin writes, according to the Daily Mail. "This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google 'stress and fertilization,' and you will find a library of research on the subject."

Not only should he not have apologized, but leading Republicans at the time, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Senator Roy Blunt and GOP operative Karl Rove should have defended him, Akin writes.

"By asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said," Akin writes, according to an early review from the Washington Post.

Romney in particular should have used Akin's comments on rape and pregnancy -- that "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" -- to turn on the Democrats, especially former President Bill Clinton, he writes.

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It's a good lesson to learn, Rep. Akin.
So far, Republicans aren't buying it.

"Todd Akin has no one to blame for his loss but Todd Akin," Kevin Madden, a former senior adviser to Romney, tells Politico. "Anyone looking at the question reasonably would conclude it doesn't make any sense for a former candidate to just assign blame to a long list of rattled off names. Mitt Romney, from Massachusetts, won Missouri by 10 points. Todd Akin lost by 16 points. It's fairly simple."

Akin accuses Blunt of leaving a "bloody war club with his fingerprints all over it" to get Akin to exit the 2012 Senate race against eventual winner Claire McCaskill. Luckily, Blunt's spokeswoman Amber Marchand offers the best response ever, via Politico:

Sen. Blunt appreciates the service Todd Akin has given to our country and the service his sons continue to give. He thinks Congressman Akin is a good man and well-intentioned, but based on what he has heard about the book, Sen. Blunt has decided not to read it.

But Akin isn't just writing about rape anymore. He's also talking about it a lot, especially when it comes to a rape case former First Lady Hillary Clinton worked in 1975 as a defense attorney.

In previously-unheard tapes leaked online last month, Clinton laughs while discussing how she managed to get just a one-year prison sentence for a 41-year-old client accused of raping a twelve-year-old.

"It is incredibly hypocritical that Hillary Clinton would carry on about an imagined 'Republican war on women' when she once got a child rapist off the hook who she knew to be guilty, and laughed about how she did it when interviewed," Akin tells the Daily Mail. "In the process, she de-legitimized the legitimate claims of the 12-year-old victim and then slandered the victim to justify her tactics."

Daily RFT can't explain why someone on Akin's new communications team forgot to tell Akin that America cringes every time he uses the word "legitimate," so instead, we're just going to remember the time we made Akin out of bacon:

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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91 comments
Jim House
Jim House

If it was a legitimate character assassination a politician knows how to stop it.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

This crazy ass just might win if he runs again.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

Karma may show him whay rape is.

Martin Goebel
Martin Goebel

I think Mr Akin needs to be on the receiving end for once

Aaron Gershman
Aaron Gershman

I hope Todd Akin is legitimately kicked in the balls.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

I don't consider what he does as "Thinking".

Suzanne Engbert
Suzanne Engbert

Is back on his medication, there is no way in hell That I would ever consider voting for this looser. h

Emily Weber
Emily Weber

Why does anyone care? When his rape philosphy became public and he lost the political race his political career basically died. Let him think what he wants. He will never hold office anywhere again.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Haaaaaaaa....perfectly said.....you made me swallow my comment....I cannot say anything better than that!....lol

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

He's a sick man. And yes also very stupid and selfish.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Ask the Duke Lacrosse team.what legitimate rape is.

Bird Hygge
Bird Hygge

This man is so stupid it frightens me!

Brandie O'Rourke Stiles
Brandie O'Rourke Stiles

And, Riverfront Times-I love your stories, but you wasted good journalism on this retard fuck. Go back to the fun stories, not of this delusional disgrace to society.

Brandie O'Rourke Stiles
Brandie O'Rourke Stiles

This guy is an ignorant asshole. No matter what side you vote for, basic biology is something that does not change.....he is a disgrace, even for the GOP, he is worthless and is a very poor example of a politician. He needs to castrated and career ruined. I would suggest fast food for a new career, but based on his thinking, I don't think he would even be good at that!!

Betsy Simon Lonergan
Betsy Simon Lonergan

I can't even read the entire article, the whole idea is just so ridiculous.

Scott West
Scott West

When a politician legitimately loses an election, their body shuts down because of the anguish of the event as it's happening, so they don't remember why they lost. #AkinLogic

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

I'm assuming the piitch to Riverfront Times for this story went like this.... "So hey everyone, my idea for the story this week is that I, Lindsay Toler, want to talk with Todd Akin. Now he's been out the limelight for a while, BUT as a woman I know that legitimate rape is the kind of rape I don't want and his publicist said he has some new things to say about it. I figure he is a changed man and that stuff from a few years ag, well lets just say it really didn't matter to me and a lot of other women. I was thinking of doing story on a group of teens helping people in their neighborhoods, but we all know where those stories lead. So i am hoping to get the greenlight to go sitdown with a man I PERSONALLY KNOW HAS CHANGED and I want to really show everyone else that change too. Lets give him some MORE PUBLICITY! What do you guys say?"

Sean Bryant
Sean Bryant

He may have a lot of shit to say, that doesn't mean we have to listen. Nor does it mean we have to even publish anything this douche has to say...

Jeep Naaked
Jeep Naaked

Todd.. Your generation and it's views are no longer needed or welcome.. You're irrelevant.

Sean Lee
Sean Lee

A ass hole through and through. Crawl into a hole and die already.

Philip Nations
Philip Nations

Sorry but hes not a doctor, he did not invent the term "legit rape" but he meant "legit assault" since everyone is an devout practicioner in political correctness. Hes not a poet, let it go

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

He had my vote to F#! $ OFF the 1st go round

labman57
labman57

When Todd Akin speaks, the RNC cringes.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Hillary defended and knew a child rapist got him aquited and laughed about it. Teddy killed Mary Joe. Left her to drown. Nice roll models you dems have. Should I mention al and Jesse ? Lmao.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Barry voted twice to murder a child that was born alive after an abortion in Illinois. Fact !!!!

ericmatthew86
ericmatthew86

The pitch was probably "Todd Akin wrote a book that comes out tomorrow, and he continues to say some of the most idiotic comments ever published, and I'm sure you'll get lots of clicks." Idk what all your rambling is about up there...

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Shut the fuck up clown shoe

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