Of all the people on the face of this planet who should never, ever use an analogy involving rape or women’s issues, it’s Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), but in the world of stupid, Kyl is King.
Last year, if you’ll remember, Kyl enshrined an out-and-out lie in the Congressional record when he blatantly and willfully lied about Planned Parenthood:
“If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does.”
Actually, it’s 3%, and when asked to clarify his statement, Kyl’s office put out a statement that didn’t mince any words, and had no interest in conforming with the facts, telling CNN at the time, “His remark was not intended to be a factual statement.”
So, with that knowledge in hand, I wonder what we should make of this:
The No. 2 Senate Republican slammed the Obama administration for “apologizing” to protesters who were threatening the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, comparing the situation to a judge blaming a rape victim for the way she dressed.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever been involved in victims’ rights,” Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona told reporters Wednesday.
“This is like the judge telling the woman that 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.’
First of all, the statement he’s speaking of was issued by the embassy in Cairo itself before the siege took place in Libya, which resulted in the murders of American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staffers, and it was a statement meant to cool rising tensions to try to avoid exactly what happened. Secondly, to compare the situation to a rape or sexual assault victim being chided by a judge, which actually just happened in Republican Land, nay, Kyl’s own home state?
Beyond the pale seems less than adequate, but it shows that Republicans will go to any lengths to score political points.
Fortunately, we have two saving graces: First, thanks to Mitt Romney and his ham-fisted statement on the Libya issue, this whole thing is blowing up in Republicans’ faces, and second, Jon Kyl is retiring from the Senate.
Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, you abhorrent creep.