Yesterday, as Rand Paul was desperately avoiding answering questions about his stance on abortion, he tried to deflect the issue by calling out DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
Later in the day, when asked after a campaign stop in Milford about the interview, which the Democratic National Committee had sent reporters, Paul said, “Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus?”
“You go back and go ask (DNC head) Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that’s just not born yet,” Paul said. “Ask her when life begins, and ask Debbie when she’s willing to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, come back to me.”
Not one to pass up an opportunity like this, Wasserman Schultz responded in a statement to CNN:
“Here’s an answer. I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story. Now your turn, Senator Paul. We know you want to allow government officials like yourself to make this decision for women — but do you stand by your opposition to any exceptions, even when it comes to rape, incest, or life of the mother? Or do we just have different definitions of ‘personal liberty’? And I’d appreciate it if you could respond without ‘shushing’ me.”
Rand Paul promptly proceeded to utterly distort Wasserman Schultz’s reply, because that’s how the right wing rolls.
“It sounds like her answer is yes, that she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby,” Paul said.
“Debbie’s position, which I guess is the Democratic Party’s position, that an abortion all the way up until the day of birth would be fine, I really think most pro-choice people would be uncomfortable with that,” he continued.
Of course, that’s not what Wasserman Schultz said; not even close. She stated a very sensible position, that women and their doctors should be the ones to make this decision, not government. But in the twisted world of the Republican Party, demonizing your opponents by making them out to support murdering infants is just standard practice these days.