Trending on Twitter: Republicans created a hashtag, making ‘jokes’ about rape since last night

February 19, 2013
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A politician made a ridiculous statement, which somehow empowered Republicans on Twitter to act more obnoxious than the politician. Since last night, the right wing created hashtag #LiberalTips2AvoidRape has been trending. For a party to feign there is no War on Women while firing shot after shot is the epitome of hypocrisy.

On gun control Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar said:

It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.

He promptly apologized:

I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention. We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong.

I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I’ve spent the last decade defending women’s rights as a civil rights attorney. Again, I’m deeply sorry if I offended anyone with my comments.

Sure, it was offensive. But, even more offensive are the ongoing rape jokes on Twitter.

A few examples:

 

 

 

 

 

I felt compelled to jump in.

 

Even if we discounted them using a politician’s fucked up statement to make jokes about a very serious topic about violence, their ‘jokes’ really suck. You guys aren’t funny and neither is your topic.

This hashtag is trending and their party voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Republicans claim they created the hashtag to point out that women have a right to defend themselves. I agree and this post is us — women — defending ourselves against their classless jokes. Because, they are the joke.

2016 is looking good.

Update: 

It’s not too surprising that Michele Malkin’s site Twitchy takes no issue with these offensive tweets.

 

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  • Ugh

    How absolutely disgusting.

  • http://twitter.com/ASignbiz Cazzie

    The blame game is getting old and has never solved anything. Rape is not a Dem/Republic debate. There is ignorance and dim wits on both sides. This is a desensitised culture issue. Rape has been around long before hemlines were raised. A major part of our country’s issue today is lack of accountability and unprecedented arrogance among our people. Stop fueling our nations divide with childishness bickering and name calling such as this. No one is pro-rape.

  • Ivan

    This seems to me like it could be a liberal satire. I do not see any evidence, other than the politician’s, that this is a republican “trend.” This could easily be democratic sarcasm being flung in the faces of republicans.

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