Todd Akin, the former congressman best known for saying women can't get pregnant from "legitimate rape," is coming out with a new book that defends his infamous comments. Thanks to Akin's remark, no discussion of the GOP's war on women is complete without mentioning his name, but according to him, liberals like Hillary Clinton are launching the real war.
In 2012, while he was fighting to ban abortion in all cases, even in the event of rape, Akin said “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he said at the time. He later said he "misspoke," but still defended his stance against abortion.
In an excerpt of his book provided to the Daily Mail, Akin said "legitimate" modified "the claim and not the action." In other words, as long as a woman isn't lying about her rape or making "an excuse to avoid an unwanted pregnancy," then the body has ways to shut that down. "I faced a media firestorm for an unclear comment," Akin told the Daily Mail. "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.'"