Gee, it’s a shame we never get to hear about candidates’ stances on rape.
On Tuesday, CBS affiliate KDKA asked Paul Ryan to define “forcible rape,” a phrase that appeared in the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” Note the past tense.
The language was removed from the bill due to willful misinterpretation (and copious screeching) by the Left. It was never intended to redefine rape, as progressives like to claim. The goal was simply to codify the Hyde Amendment.
Ryan refused to play the lapdog media’s little game.
Paul Ryan: "Rape is rape. Rape is rape, period. End of story." http://t.co/T8lmOPhP
— Right Scoop (@trscoop) August 22, 2012
Partial transcript via The Right Scoop:
Delano: “You sponsored legislation that has the language ‘forcible rape.’ What is forcible rape as opposed…”
Ryan: “Rape is rape. Rape is rape, period. End of story.”
Delano: “So that forcible rape language meant nothing to you at the time?”
Ryan: “Rape is rape and there’s no splitting hairs over rape.”
Predictably, progressives lashed out with the usual talking points about mythical Republican efforts to redefine rape and oppress the wimmenz. You know, because it was Republicans who coined the term “rape-rape.”
Rape is rape (but some rape is more rapey than others.)
— Ernie Luckman SCOTUS (@ErnieLies) August 22, 2012
@Madison_Native Paul Ryan's comments that 'rape is rape' to further himself from Akin is counter to his own legislative policy.
— Organic Democracy (@Madison_Native) August 22, 2012
Hmmm, so then Ryan should be asked at his debate:
If rape is rape, why did your proposed amendment try to define '… http://t.co/gAMCFyyv
— Lizinbklyn (@Liz_In_Brooklyn) August 22, 2012
But some decided to go after Ryan by accusing him of plagiarizing President Obama.
@jimacostacnn Hey Ryan, plagiarizer, President Obama's "Rape is Rape" does not make you believable….just desperate
— Nancy Mitchell (@NancyWonderful) August 22, 2012
— thepoliticalcat (@thepoliticalcat) August 22, 2012
Copycat @PaulRyanVP using, "Rape is rape" after Pres Obama used it. BUT Ryan has no credibility bc bill he co-sponsored drew a distinction.
— S. Maxx Mahaffey (@smaxxmahaffey) August 22, 2012
Now Ryan uses Obama's statement that "Rape is Rape" and can not allow himself to explain his co-sponsoring of the… http://t.co/nzMkrSIQ
— Neal Schulz (@GBNeal59) August 22, 2012
"Rape is Rape" Paul Ryan – Hey, he got religion. Copying the President now.
— Wylie Jones (@Wylieknowords) August 22, 2012
Yes, Obama used the phrase “rape is rape” during a rare press briefing on Monday. Like each time Obama graces his lapdogs with his presence, it was truly a Historic™ moment. Why, no human being has ever crafted such an insightful, pithy phrase, right?
Spare us. Obama didn’t build that. Here are just a few examples of the phrase from a quick Google News search.
Dear Abby, 1986: “Rape is rape”
Joyce Brothers, 2003: “Rape is rape — even in marriage”
Ezra Levant, 2010: “Bottom line: Rape is rape”
Joe Biden, 2011: “Rape is rape”
The slogan has been in use for decades and there are several thousand additional results in Google News.
So who did Obama “steal” it from: Dear Abby or Joyce Brothers?