Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Saturday condemned Vice President Joe Biden's invocation of rape while criticizing the GOP.
Speaking at a campaign event on Friday, Biden compared Republicans who are trying to cut federal spending to people who excuse rape victims by "blaming the victim."
Priebus responded on Twitter:
Using a rape analogy to describe one’s political opponents is inexcusable & beneath the office of the Vice Presidency http://bit.ly/g6KivV.
The National Republican Congressional Committee condemned Biden's statement on Friday, which came at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Here is an excerpt from The Hill's original report on the incident:
In setting up his comparison, the vice president explained to the audience that before the Violence Against Women Act that he championed was passed into law, “there was this attitude in our society of blaming the victim," according to a press pool account of the event.
“When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn't home in time to make the dinner,” Biden said.
“We've gotten by that,” he said. “But it's amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It's bizarre. It's bizarre.”