Wall Street Journal reporter Bret Stephens thinks U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions’s (R-Alabama) refusal to consider Donald Trump’s comments as sexual assault is similar to Todd Akin saying legitimate rape rarely causes pregnancy. A video has been released of Trump saying in 2005 that he forcibly kissed women and grabbed their genitals. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) says Trump’s remarks are worse than Akin’s argument about rape.
“When Todd Akin said what he said in 2012, he used confused science to try to make a point based on his ideology which he strongly believed in,” says McCaskill. “That is nothing like what Donald Trump has said. It is so unfair to Todd Akin to compare what Donald Trump has said to what Todd Akin said.”
McCaskill defeated Akin in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race in November 2012.
Many Republican leaders say Trump’s comments were unacceptable, but continue to support him. Congresswoman Ann Wagner is the only Missouri Republican congressional member that has withdrawn support for Trump and has called on him to drop out of the race.
“Republican politicians in Missouri all called on Todd Akin to step down,” says McCaskill. “I’m trying to figure out why this is different. Why aren’t they calling on Donald Trump to step down, unless they think Todd Akin being confused about science somehow is more serious than saying that you want to have sex with married women and think because you’re powerful that you can grab a woman’s genitals.”
Trump addressed the video in Sunday’s presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. He apologized for those comments and called them “locker-room talk.” Trump has vowed on Twitter to continue campaigning and says the media and establishment want him to end his White House bid.