Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Monday, October 24, 2016

On Wednesday night John McCain went on CNN and told Anderson Cooper that he was withholding support for Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock until the Indiana Republican “apologizes and says he misspoke, and he was wrong and he asks the people to forgive him.”

Apparently, McCain hadn’t yet gotten the memo from Republican leaders, who are pretending that Mourdock had indeed apologized for his comments in which he said that a pregnancy as a result of rape is a “gift from God.”

Then on Thursday morning, McCain accepted Mourdock’s “apology” and pledged his support.

But let’s be clear. There was no apology for what Mourdock said. Here are his exact words from his press conference:

I’m a much more humble person this morning because so many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that I was trying to make. I’m confident God abhors violence and rape, if they came away with any impression other than that, I truly regret it. I apologize if they came away, and I have certainly been humbled by the fact that so many people think that that somehow was an interpretation.

You catch the keyword here? “I apologize IF…” What Mourdock did was make up an interpretation that maybe three people on Twitter were accusing him of calling rape God-ordained. And then he apologized for people having that interpretation.

What didn’t he do? Apologize for what he actually said, which was:

I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.

He’s saying a pregnancy as a result of a rape is a gift from God. And that’s why people are offended. And he refuses to apologize for that. “Anyone who goes to the video tape and views that, understands fully what I meant. I really believe that,” he said later in the press conference.

But this “apology” is good enough for Mitt Romney. The GOP nominee has only filmed one commercial for a Senate candidate this year, and it was for Mourdock. He distanced himself from the comments, but he hasn’t asked for that ad to be taken down.

Why? Maybe he’s afraid of offending evangelicals in swing states.

Or maybe he recognizes what Mourdock was saying is kind of the official position of the Republican Party.

The former Republican governor of Utah who played Gallant to Romney’s Goofus in the GOP primary said he would withdraw his endorsement and pull the ad, once again proving that he’s much too sane for this Republican Party.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2012 The National Memo
  • bcarreiro

    apology not accepted, he is trying to make an excuse for himself but there is none. think before you speak ………….u wouldnt dare say such to your mother.

  • nobsartist

    bush and cheney have not apologized either.

    • This has been typical behavior from Republicans throughout the primary and campaign seasons. Sunnu calls the President unamerican, Tagg the frat boy wants to take a swing at the president, Gingrinch states the president has an Kenyan colonial mentality, Akin with forceable rape and now Mourdock with God intended fro rape victims to have the child that the rapist caused. Then they all kind of apologize and all is forgiven. Romney has surrounded himself with some extreme ring wing people and supported others. So they can take their apologies and stuff them.

      • Sandra

        What has me rattled is that so many women are voting for these misogynists. I’m starting to think real evil thoughts about what I would like to see happen to these traitorous women and then interview them about their experience. These people are sending signals to potential rapists that it’s ok to rape women and children. What’s next, are they planning on removing ‘rape’ as a crime from the books?

    • Actually, W DID apologize, but you just have to wonder if it was sincere, or if the media took it seriously. In one of his very few public appearances since leaving office, W really did say that he was sorry. But, like Mourdock and Akin, did he mean it and did he actually apologize for anything substantial, such as the lies that led to the invasion of Iraq, or the Recession? Your are right about Cheney, though. He never has, and never will apologize, although I am sure his mother has apologized to many people.

      • Cairndance

        Remember when Chaney shot his friend in the face? His friend apologized for being in the way, and causing such problems for Chaney!
        The Republicans are unbelievable and the women who would vote for these idiots must have no self respect!

  • In regard to the stupid republican comments about women and rape, does anyone remember way back in a Texas election for governor, when Clayton “Claytie” Williams made his infamous statement about women and rape. From the New York Times, “Mr. Williams made the remark on Saturday while preparing for a cattle roundup at his West Texas ranch. He compared the cold, foggy weather spoiling the event to a rape, telling ranch hands, campaign workers and reporters around a campfire, ”If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.”

    It’s not just a Todd Atkin thing, it’s not just a Richard Mourdock thing, it’s not just a Claytie Williams thing–maybe it’s a republican mindset on “their worthless value of women.” Just sit back and enjoy rape-unbelievable. I wonder if the republican men take that approach because “men” are on the raping end of it? I bet they would have a different tune if they were the ones being raped-oh yea-that’s way different! The republican men would all be in favor of an abortion, then.

    • 1bythebrooks2

      As I said in a previous post. If men could have babies, there would be no question about abortion! (If a CEO , or any man, could get pregnant, they would give the task to their secretary or wife to finish). Also wonder if Mourdock had a hand in any rape where a child would be produced. And this is not a “HAH”.

  • Of course he not apologized. Thie poor excuse for man actually believes the crap coming from his mouth. So does the GOP candidate and his running mate. The women of this country better get out and vote to send these cretins back to the rock they crawled from under.

    • noelle99

      This guy is a moron. He makes my skin crawl. If this is the best we can do in the Senator gene pool, we are seriously in trouble. Don B, WELL SAID!

      • Sandra

        I’m begining to think most of these men fantasize about raping women but don’t have the guts to do it for fear of being caught so they are encouraging other rapists and potential rapists to go ahead and do it. If they succeed, my bet is they will remove ‘rape’ as a crime from the books and it will be a free for all on women. They really hate us, our accomplishments, our independence, our success’ in the working world and business’ and figure this is the only way to take us down.

  • Not believing in something has nothing to do with, OOPS I shouldn’t have said that.

  • JohnRNC

    Thank you Mr. Mourdock for your insightful clarification of the nature of God. Now that we’ve confirmed that God abhors sexual violence, let’s turn our attention to the “little gift from heaven” that will remind the rape victim of the rape event for the rest of her life. What a generous Deity! And what plagues does the Almighty cast down upon the rapist? Anything??? Oh yeah, he was too busy with brown eyes or blue. In fact, let’s make sure its a boy and that he’s a chip off the paternal block.

    Wake Up America!!!! These folks have a constitutionally protected right to believe whatever they choose, but they have no business governing under that Constitution unless they are willing to extend the same rights, courtesy and Freedom to the rest of the population – most especially to the half that are women.

    Apology Not Accepted…..

  • Mimi2kool

    The reason this fool won’t apologize is that ignorant people seldom believe they are wrong. So they will stand by whatever insane statement they make. I often wonder if Republicans in general are just stupid or actually plain crazy. The statements they make are foolish, irrational, and lacking in any kind of common sense or sanity.

    • JohnRNC

      Yes! And since all elected officials must take an oath to uphold the US Constitution, why are We the People not holding them to that standard? Being from North Carolina, I understand that this is dangerous territory given the despicable amendment to our state constitution that passed [in May] regarding marriage.

      The President has finally summoned the ability to call out lies from the opposition, the rest of us should follow his lead. Who knows – Maybe rational thought and discussion will get popular again.

    • They think we are’ and some of us fall right into it.

  • If Mr. Mourdock has a little “blond-blue eyed princess” and she gets raped, will he make his daughter carry this unwanted pregnancy, or will he send her off on a “ski-trip” to Switzerland or maybe a stay with “Aunt Sissy in Poughkeepsie”, where by the way they have nice clean, safe clinics, and expensive, to “take care of any little problems”? Hmmmmmmmm? Mr. Mourdock and his fellow mysoginist Republicans need to get their damned noses out of everyone’s bedrooms, and personal decisions, since they are sooooooooo anti-Big Government. If women are forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, then they should put the baby in a basket and leave it on the steps of Mr. Mourdock’s office with a note on it saying “You Raise This Child”.

  • What is perplexing to me is not so much what conservative Republicans are saying, which is consistent with their orthodoxy and the values they have championed for decades, but the fact that millions of women are planning to vote for these morons!

    • CAThinker

      Puzzles me as well… And the pundits, particularly on MSNBC – Morning Joe in particular – come up with these marble-mouthed explanations for the polls. How does this happen? I’d sure like to hear from women – why is personal freedom not paramount compared to every other issue? How many times have the conservative pundits, even the women, explain, “well… women worry about the economy too…” How can personal freedom not be part of their personal discourse on economy? Puzzled… just puzzled…

  • Two questions: One, I wander if he would have this same attitude had this incident occurrd with his daughter, and/or any other female relative of his?! Two, Did he have security escort him to his car after making that comment?! I knew there was a crowd of women waiting to beat him down for that statement! That staement sounds likes W.A.W.(Whooping Ass Words) if you ask me! For him to make a statement of that nature is just as offensive and disrespecful as saying, “Women should be at home barefoot and pregnant”!

    • CPANY

      I believe the statement is “barefoot in the winter and pregnant in the summer.” It’s been around for a long time.


    I hate it when human beings arrogate to themselves the knowledge of what God thinks and then compound their arrogance by passing their “knowledge” on to others.

    • grammyjill

      Have you noticed that none of our memo teabaggers have any comments when it’s issues like this or the girl that got shot in Pakistan. Strange.


    Richard Mourdock looks like a self satisfied jerk.

  • This people are sick, they tell their wives what dress to wear what pants to wear and even maybe when her period should start. They have no respect for women they are like the TALIBANS in Afganistan or Pakistan.

  • i guess that the GOP political machine is “above the law”

  • noelle99

    This guy is a complete moron. He makes my skin crawl. If this is the best we can do in the Senator gene pool, we are in serious trouble.

  • noelle99

    DonB is so right, very well said. Like all of these idiots, if this situation happened to any of their little darlings, the hipocracy would be loud and clear, you betcha!

  • nomaster

    Mourdock is a prime example of the tea party-teabagger mentality. Ignorance should never be deemed a virtue. If his thoughts represent God and God feels birth from brutal rape is proper and intended by God, then who needs God and Mourdock.

  • Jack Wormer

    If you want to know how and what the early Europeans of some 300-years ago were thinking……..
    JUST LISTEN IN ON THE MONOLOGUES, DIALOGUES, AND BABELONIAN TONGUES OF our 2012-version of that GOP/Teabagger “birthdefect” that since 2010 has parasitically taken the place of Lincoln’s once-proud party – especially when they talk “morality”, “ethos”, “ethics”, and SEX, heavens yes…SEX, especially what and how (often) their saner fellow Americans ENJOY that!

    As for that old “gimme”, that Republicans are ADEPT at fixng the economy, they sure did from Reagan on down to Bush-Cheney! And now a new “whizz” wants to speed up economic recovery…

    The upcoming election is an indication of the sophistication – or lack thereof – among most Americans.

  • If thats how he really fills he should’nt back down. Even if he did back down it would’nt change how he really fill. Thats refreshing someone who did’nt flip-flop or lie, that I can deal with. Willard well what can I say.

  • Mourdoch’s name should be entered into the state register as a sexual predator. He should be watched, and under no circumstances, should women or young girls be left alone with this guy. An armed guard should be posted with shoot-to-kill orders wherever he encounters women alone. Unfortunately, this malady does seem prevalent among republican men. Its probably some kind of superiority complex, the need to be sadistic.

  • ijac234

    How can any woman in good concious support and xote for a republican,after all they all support one anpther even after what they say about women.

  • leejam1944

    What did he apologize for to make it ok. Sorry but he and those who support him are Brain Dead

  • Simba711

    Nobody is pro-rape other than the ones who are into that, but Dems know they can use it to appeal to their base.