Attention Senator Jon Kyl's press secretary: please re-send the statement clarifying that the senator's words are "not intended to be a factual statement."
Kyl's getting attention now because he told a group of reporters that a press release put out yesterday by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo "was like the judge telling the woman, 'You got raped, you asked for it because of the way you dressed."
According to the Washington Post, the statement that Kyl was referring to was the same one Mitt Romney criticized, which said -- in part -- that the embassy "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims."
Later that day, protesters reportedly attacked the Cairo embassy and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
How does Senator Kyl feel about that?
"It's like the judge telling the woman who got raped, 'You asked for it because of the way you dressed," Politico, Roll Call, and the Washington Post quoted him as saying. "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.' You know, for a member of our State Department to put out a statement like that, it had to be cleared by somebody. They don't just do that in the spur of the moment."
In case Kyl didn't notice, Republicans haven't been doing such a great job talking about rape recently (see: Akin, Todd).
If you still agree with Kyl's sentiment, he could've used an analogy of getting robbed, or even murdered, or just something that wasn't rape. People don't seem to be pleased with those analogies these days.
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