Todd Akin is back, and he’s talking about rape again

June 26

Todd Akin's 2012 Senate campaign imploded after he offered an unusual take on what he called "legitimate rape." (AP Photo/St. Louis Pos-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

Former congressman Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who was last heard from as his 2012 Senate campaign was imploding after comments about "legitimate rape," is back.

And he's talking about rape. And using the word "legitimate."

No, Akin isn't doubling down on his curious 2012 theory that "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy; instead he's weighing in on the controversy over Hillary Clinton and an accused rapist she defended. The Washington Free Beacon recently obtained audio of Clinton laughing while talking about how the man, who was accused of raping a 12-year old, passed a polygraph test.

Akin, whose 2012 race became a focal point of Democratic accusations of a GOP "war on women," apparently thinks it's time for some turnabout.

Here's what he told the Daily Mail:

"It is incredibly hypocritical that Hillary Clinton would carry on about an imagined 'Republican war on women,' the former six-term congressman told MailOnline, "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."

"In the process, she de-legitimized the legitimate claims of the 12-year-old victim and then slandered the victim to justify her tactics."

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Akin pointed to Clinton's actions during her husband's 1992 presidential campaign to marginalize women who accused him of sexual abuse, as evidence that establishes a pattern.

"She hired private investigators to silence those women – ‘bimbo eruptions’ in Clintonspeak – who had been seduced or sexually assaulted by her husband," Akin told MailOnline.

Those cases involved accusations from women including Paula Jones, who accused the future president of sexually harassing her, and Juanita Broaddrick, who leveled charges that he violently raped her.

"Hillary Clinton, in fact, has made a practice of trashing women with legitimate claims to having been assaulted," Akin said.

"I faced a media firestorm for an unclear comment. It is the responsibility of the media to make it clear that liberal Democrats like Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are the true perpetrators of the ‘war on women.'"

As you might have guessed, Akin is promoting a new book, called "Firing Back."

The GOP would probably prefer he did so without talking about rape or using the word "legitimate."

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