Richard Mourdock Is Sorry That You Keep Misinterpreting Him

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Another entry in the non-apology apology Hall of Fame:

"If there was any interpretation other than what I intended, I really regret that," Mourdock said in an midday press conference in the Hoosier State. He added: "Anyone who goes to the video tape and views that understands fully what I meant."
The video tape is below. It is certainly true that Mourdock's political foes are looking to use this against him. It is also true that this isn't a matter of "messaging" or "spin." 

From Senator John Cornyn, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee:
"Richard and I, along with millions of Americans -- including even Joe Donnelly -- believe that life is a gift from God," Cornyn said. "To try and construe his words as anything other than a restatement of that belief is irresponsible and ridiculous."
Yes, if you believe human life is always "a gift from God," then it must follow that pregnancy via rape must be "a gift from God." Moreover, Mourdock wants the force of law behind that belief.

I disagree.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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