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

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.


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


  • dawgsrbtr

    if you want to know where the assholes are pfollow that hashtag. Granted Joe Salazar made an idiotic statement

  • ayyy

    Not for nothing, but liberals have made plenty of hashtags poking fun at conservatives. let’s not get hypocritical here.

    • Anomaly 100

      Poking fun of Conservatives =/= making rape jokes.

      • Mike Sanfilippo

        Well that’s quite the pile of disingenuous BS. The jokes were flowing like Niagra Falls from liberals after Akin opened his mouth. Ayyy is right- hypocritical to the core.

        • Anomaly 100

          Akin spoke about rape as if in some cases, it’s not really rape. We did not create a hashtag to fill it with tweets mocking rape victims just after voting against the VAWA. Good try tho….

        • jupitaur

          Just like noticing, describing and condemning racism is the same as racism?

          Try parsing out the meaning of a statement rather than just bleating when you find a hot button word.


          Akin showed insensitivity to rape victims; the idiots behind this hashtag are showing insensitivity to rape victims. What you call hypocritical is actually the consistent response of people who actually give a damn.

        • Delia Harrington

          liberals mocked akin, not rape victims. there is a difference between mocking a party and making light of rape. i’m pretty used to conservatives making fun of liberals, and this article does not take umbrage with that.

        • CT

          Let’s see—making fun of women for getting raped…..making fun of a politician who blames women for getting raped. Yup, you’re right. It’s the exact same thing. Akin is a poor, vulnerable victim of his own stupidity, and we should have been sensitive to that. Not go around pointing it out. Rape victims on the other hand. Making fun of people who have been traumatized is HI-LARIOUS!! This war on women is pretty fun if you ask me, Mike.


      If the outrage here were about being mean to Democrats, then you would have a point. It is not and you do not.

  • Calvinius

    As if Republicans didn’t already come off as the pro-rape party.



  • Ahab

    What a bunch of jerks . . .

  • Rickster Rickster

    the tcot republicans are a vile sick lot. i truly think they are descended from the village idiots of old and have inherited syphilis of the brain.

  • Dminez

    Obviously a fucked up and insanely inappropriate and insensitive situation, but i hate to see the misleading blame in this. Obviously the people that are tweeting this hashtag are right leaning individuals, but the title and meat of the article seem like they are attempting to claim this came from the GOP. It was a Democrat who made the initial political gaffe but there is no doubt in my mind that this article was written trying to blame this directly on the actual official Republican Party. Totally on your side here, just asking for a little less manipulation in the way this is written, I think the basic truth of this story speaks for itself without deceit.

    • That Guy

      The article states why this insensitive hashtag was conceived. Again, it’s in the article. But instead of naming the hashtag differently or conveying their thoughts without ridiculing rape victims, they did this.

    • BethAnn3

      I would agree with you if the trending topic was the name of the congressman, but the hashtag topic name is peculiar and obviously some kind of created “plant” by right wing media. They are very good at organized letter writing and Internet comment campaigns, and you can add “twitter trending topics” to another brain washing effort they’re engaging in. It’s also an offensive title for the hashtag. It could have referenced women’s rights to defend themselves or carry guns, but instead uses the rape word.


    What a bunch of scumbags.

  • tifosies

    It’s disgusting and verrrrry typical Teapublicon. It’s disheartening to see our side also using it to make comments about how disgusting it is.

  • Mark Lysle

    Someone needs to tell Stephen King about the twitter account “TommyKnockerz.” Because that’s a plagiarism of the name of one of his novels if there ever was a case. The right wing can’t originate any damned thing. they’re always ripping off the left (must’ve learned their trait from McDonald’s, who ripped the “Big Boy” idea off and passed it off as the Big Mac).

  • Don Bunch

    wow, this is just sick.

  • Bill Frist

    Some of these HAVE to be jokes. I… can’t. What I can do, however, is cultivate an “oniony stench”, stop shaving my armpits, and tell Mr. Republican very nicely that he may need more butter for the crabs, please and thank you.

    …. and people are blaming Republicans because they sort of have a track record of being very, very rapey.

  • MisterListerTheSisterFister

    I laughed like a bitch, some of these were really funny. Stop being so uptight.

    • CT

      I don’t doubt that you laughed like a bitch, but that’s probably more due to the fact that images of women getting violently raped always fill you with delight and glee. That’s judging from your name- The Sister Fister. (Does that refer to your own sister, or a sister as in a nun?)

  • CT

    Since everyone else has pointed out the most important aspect- that these jokes are vile, ignorant, and moronic- I need to point out something a little less important: what is it with Republicans and bad humor? This is just one more example of Republicans’ long history of not knowing humor or understanding how to be funny. Several years after The Colbert Report was put on the air, I still meet Conservatives who think he’s being serious. The cartoonist for Mallard Filmore once saw a parody of his cartoon in one of John Stewart’s book, and he actually believed it was plagiarism. Ann Coulter has claimed that she often injects humor into her writing, but of all the articles I’ve read by her, not a single one has made me laugh. FOX even tried to put out its own version of the Daily Show, (called The Half-Hour Hour Show. Funny title huh?!!).

    • Hengine

      A lot of humor is based on making fun of the mighty. A lot of republicans are already on the top of the heap in one way or another- and so pretty much all the jokes they make are ones making fun of people who are weaker in one way or another. Men making fun of women, white people making fun of non-whites, straight people making fun of LGBT people.

      That’s one reason, at least.

      • Princesssookeh

        Pretty much

  • Michael

    Why is what democrat Joe Salazar being vilified for this comment? The responses are ridiculous and those people are disgusting, but Salazar’s intentions were good and I don’t think his statement is entirely unreasonable. Do guns make campuses safer? Personally, I wouldn’t want someone shooting at me simply because I have to take the same route home as them after a night class. Guns are never a solution for anything – tasers, pepper spray, basic self-defense training (which should be mandatory for female gym classes in high school) would honestly be a better alternative.

    • BethAnn3

      It would be ridiculous to have college students carrying guns. A lot of them are immature and many of them like to drink and do drugs for fun. One can imagine some drunk sorority sister or frat brother with a concealed weapon and what could happen in some situations that aren’t even particularly threatening, like getting in a fight with a friend or mistaking a dorm roommate for an intruder.

      • Michael

        Exactly, there has to be non-lethal solutions to the problem at hand, and that is all Salazer is attempting to state here. Albeit, he simply could have said that.

  • BethAnn3

    I’d like to see the memo that has gone around to create hashtag topics and get them trending on Twitter. I’ve seen it several times a week, some stupid hashtag topic in the Top 10 of Twiitter, that are aimed at progressives/liberals. Who starts the hashtag topics and how do they get passed around and trended so quickly? It would be interesting to know.

    • jovan1984

      Moochelle Malkin is the one that does this most of the time. El Sooper (I collected screenies of him) started this one, though.

  • LALinMN

    so why was the original quote by Joe Salazar “offensive”?…

    • Cue Miller

      Good question. Inarticulate, perhaps, but hardly offensive. Confusing to conservatives, certainly, who cannot seem to follow a train of thought more complicated than “run, Spot, run.”

  • Can’t stand the echo in here..

    Hope everyone in this string reserves some indignation for the next instance where a conservative makes an unfavorable remark about rape…and the liberal responses light up suggesting female conservative commentators as the next victims. Focus on the main issue, folks – a politician deciding HE should be the one who grants or revokes constitutional rights that have everything to do with a woman’s safety.

  • chefbob50

    Not all Republicans are rapists, but all rapists are Republicans…

  • Skulander

    So. The pro-rape party is at it again. Lovely. And they say there’s no war on women? No rape culture? They say we don’t need feminism? *Sigh*

  • Norleen LaFave Gray

    I was assaulted at 9,I wonder if he thought i was asking for it??? I’m 60 now you never forget!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ugh

    How absolutely disgusting.