ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two years after causing a national uproar by uttering two words—“legitimate rape”—former U.S. Congressman Todd Akin is releasing a book.
It’s called “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom.”
In it, the 67-year-old from Missouri reflects on the comment that cost him the 2012 Senate election and comments on several other issues, such as how he considers that abortion “easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history.”
Speaking with KMOX hosts John Hancock and Michael Kelley this morning, Akin offered this explanation:
“That means if we’ve killed 55 million innocent people in America, that’s a more serious moral crime than the next-worse thing that America has done—in my opinion, slavery,” he said.
Akin remembers what an aide told him immediately following the infamous 2012 TV interview in which Akin uttered the words “legitimate rape.”
“He said, ‘Well, you know, that woman’s body having a shutdown, that could be problematic, but it went pretty well,'” Akin said.
Of course, that wasn’t the case at all.
“It hit the fan,” Akin said. “Within two weeks, I’d gone from being Mr. Respectable Congressman to somebody who was being shunned as a terrible fellow.”
Akin says he regrets using the term “legitimate rape,” but claims there is merit in what he was trying to say.
“Recent studies in the last two years have come out saying that stress plays a factor in whether or not somebody gets pregnant,” he told KMOX.
He also said the “media elite” punished him more for using a controversial term than they did Bill Clinton, who was impeached for having sex in the White House.
“Bill Clinton still has a long history of sexual abuse and inappropriate behavior,” Akin said. “And he gets applauded, and the media says absolutely nothing.”
He discusses the controversy and much more in the new book, out now.
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