Apparently concerned that Mitt Romney hadn’t gone quite far enough in criticizing the administration’s response to the recent violence in Libya and Egypt, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R- AZ) has decided to take the hostility one step further.
We know what you’re probably thinking: Nazi comparison, right? It’s always a Nazi comparison when Republicans decide to go for the full, Defcon-1 Derp. But no, sorry — good guess — but you are incorrect this time. Try again.
What’s that? Did you just guess “B. Terrible Rape Analogy”? Yes??? Then come on down and collect your prize: a lifetime of cynicism. Yayyyyyy, you are both correct and disillusioned with our political leaders.
Let’s have a look at what Sen. Kyl actually said about the U.S.’s alleged apology for the anti-Islamic video:
It’s like the judge telling the woman who got raped, ‘You asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ OK? That’s the same thing. ‘Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done — what I don’t know — but it’s your fault that it happened.’
Okay, several things are wrong with this, Jon. First of all — rule of thumb — no rape analogies. Rape analogies, much like rape jokes, tend to be dangerous territory, especially when you’re a dude, and double-especially when you’re a dude who voted to end the Violence Against Women Act and twice voted in favor of criminalizing abortion with no exception for rape.
Secondly, this analogy makes no sense. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo was the one that was under attack (“raped”) and was also the one that made the statement condemning the anti-Islamic video (“blaming the victim”). Also? The U.S. Embassy in Cairo made the statement condemning the anti-Islamic video before the attacks were ever even launched.
In other words, if Kyl were making an analogy based on the actual facts as they transpired, it would go something like this: A woman spots some suspicious men hanging out in a dark parking lot, blurts out “Sorry, I don’t have any cash on me!!” — and then gets raped anyway. And then you, Jon Kyl, are outraged that this woman “apologized” to her attacker before the rape was ever even initiated.