Akin's wife compares campaign to rape

Lulli Akin says the GOP's abandonment of Akin is also like 1776

Published September 17, 2012 9:28PM (EDT)

After his comments about "legitimate rape" not causing pregnancy, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has been largely abandoned by mainstream Republicans. His wife, Lulli, a big player in his campaign, reckons that this abandonment is something like what might have happened in 1776, when tyranny reigned, and colonists had to prevent  their daughters from being raped.

A National Journal profile quotes Lulli Akin making the comparison between Republicans trying to get Akin out of the Senate race, and the "tyranny, a top-down approach" of pre-Revolutionary America.

“Party bosses dictating who is allowed to advance through the party and make all the decisions — it’s just like 1776 in that way," she said, adding that colonists "rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my … wife. But that is where we are again. There has been a freedom of elections, not tyranny of selections since way back. Why are we going to roll over and let them steamroll us, be it Democrats or Republicans or whomever?”

Via TPM.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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