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Todd Akin slams Hillary Clinton for laughing about defending a child rapist

"She delegitimized the legitimate claims of the 12-year-old victim and then slandered the victim to justify her tactics."
By Aileen Graef   |   June 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Former congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., called Hillary Clinton "hypocritical" for accusing the GOP of waging a "war on women" after she defended an accused child rapist in 1975.

Akin -- who had a failed senatorial bid in 2012 after receiving backlash for claiming pregnancies can't form in the case of "legitimate rape" -- said Clinton "delegitimized the legitimate claims" of a rape victim.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the former congressman criticized the potential 2016 presidential candidate for laughing about how she once got a child rapist out of a polygraph test.

"It is incredibly hypocritical that Hillary Clinton would carry on about an imagined 'Republican war on women', when she once got a child rapist off the hook who she knew to be guilty, and laughed about how she did it when interviewed. In the process, she delegitimized the legitimate claims of the 12-year-old victim and then slandered the victim to justify her tactics."

Akin's comments come after the Washington Free Beacon obtained recordings of Clinton talking about the case and laughing as she said, "I had him take a polygraph, which he passed -- which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs."

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who prosecuted sexual assault cases prior to entering Congress, defeated Akin in 2012.

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