Todd Akin: Politico Censored My Rape Accusations Against Bill Clinton

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Former congressman and failed Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) believes President Bill Clinton is a “credibly accused rapist” and he wants you to know it. But, he alleged in an op-ed published Sunday for the conspiracy-laden website WND, Politico has refused to run his accusations.

Akin’s forthcoming book was covered last week by Politico, which got an advanced copy. But, Akin wrote in the op-ed, the news outlet censored its story to remove the book’s reference to Clinton as “a credibly accused rapist.”

In one paragraph of its story, Politico described how Akin says he wishes Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had addressed the controversy surrounding Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments at the 2012 GOP convention. It reads in the Politico piece: “[Bill Clinton] is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks, and you want me to denounce a decent, God-fearing man for his inelegant comments about rape? No, not happening, and if the truth hurts, put some ice on it.”

Those brackets apparently eliminated Akin’s description of Clinton as “a credibly accused rapist,” according to his WND op-ed. Akin went on to recount previously reported sexual assault allegations against the former president.

“As I explain in the book, rape is a horrible crime,” he wrote. “I have zero sympathy for those who commit it. For this reason, had I been in Congress in 1998, I would have voted with my colleagues to impeach President Bill Clinton.”

Akin then accused the media of working to rehabilitate the former president’s image, while crying hypocrisy because his own political career had been stalled by controversial comments over rape.

“This long-standing evasion of the rape accusations against Clinton have allowed him to regain his popularity and allowed Hillary to perpetuate the Democratic nonsense about the so-called ‘Republican War on Women,’ he said in the op-ed.

Akin then concluded:

The bottom line is that my career was ruined for my linking the words “legitimate and rape.” The Clintons, meanwhile, have maintained their careers only because the media have consciously delegitimized the rape and assault charges against Bill Clinton. And don’t get me started on Hillary’s jokey radio interview in which she took credit for springing a man she knew to be guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl.

The word “hypocrisy” does not do justice to this outrage.

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