Republican Congressman Todd Akin said his female competitor Senator Claire McCaskill fetches government handouts ‘like a dog’.
This is just the latest semantic mistep by Akin, who gained national recognition- and ridicule- after his comments about ‘legitimate rape’.
He also previously said that McCaskill, who is running for her second term as Missouri’s senator, behaved more ‘ladylike’ when she was first running for office in 2006.
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The latest comments came Saturday when he was making remarks at a fundraiser, and the audio has since been posted online by PoliticMO.
‘She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, “fetch,”‘ he said.
‘She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.
‘It seems to me that she’s got it just backwards. What we should be doing is taking the common sense we see in Missouri and taking that to Washington, D.C., and blessing them with more solutions instead of more problems.’
The crowd is heard clapping in response.
One of said supporters was the former Presidential candidate and governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee is one of the few well-known Republicans who continued to support Akin after he said that women cannot get pregnant after ‘legitimate rape’ because their bodies #try to shut that whole thing down’.
Following that interview in August, many Republicans- including Mitt Romney- called for Akin to drop out of the race but those suggestions were ignored.
The latest tracking data suggests that Akin is trailing McCaskill by six per cent.
This is not the first time that a politician has used a dog as a comparison point, as fellow midwestern Republican Steve King said that the United States should simply use the techniques that he uses when selecting a ‘good bird dog’ when it comes to deporting immigrants.
‘You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet,’ he said in May.