We were getting a little tired of reading about the many ways in which Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the tragic attack on the US embassy in Libya when we noticed yet another case of a prominent politician making the very worst of an already terrible situation by uttering an unnecessary and ignorant statement about rape.
Quick summary: After the release of an inflammatory anti-Islam video in Libya, the US embassy tried to put a damper on local outrage by issuing a statement disapproving of the film’s obvious attempts to rile anger by insulting what happens to be one of the world’s largest–and touchiest–religions. Violent tragedy ensued, and Romney tried to recast the embassy’s statement as an example of the Obama administration sympathizing with terrorists. Again, the White House didn’t release the statement in question, and nobody said anything to indicate that they blamed the anonymous filmmakers more than the actual perpetrators of this horrific attack. Ugh.
Everyone now agrees that this was a major PR fail, but Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, who apparently didn’t get the memo about awful rape-related quotes being totally out of style this season, tried to defend Romney’s sentiments by spewing this not-at-all-awkward collection of words out of his mouth: