This is not OK.

By Tracy Russo

ABC News is reporting that John McCain was “forced” to cancel a fundraiser with Texas oilman Clayton Williams.

The same Texas Republican who, while running for Governor against the late great Ann Richards, was quoted saying:

“Rape is like the weather, if it’s inevitable relax and enjoy it.”

I’m almost too outraged to even write this post. A man who has such a disgustingly cavalier attitude towards something as horrific, violating and criminal as the rape of a woman has no place in politics, let alone polite society. This is a man who should be shunned by anyone with a conscience. That includes Senator McCain.

It’s not enough that Senator McCain cancels an event because the media got wind of it.

It’s not enough.

Senator McCain should publicly reject and denounce this man.

He should donate every single dirty dollar that this man has raised for him – all $300,000 – to an organization working to combat rape in our society – like RAINN or RVA.

And he should apologize immediately and completely to his female supporters for daring to entertain the thought of keeping company with this despicable, disgusting individual.

Rape isn’t something that’s funny, it’s tragic. It’s a blight on all of society. Women should be able to trust Senator McCain to recognize that, and to do the right thing.

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38 Responses to “This is not OK.”

  1. [...] now? Tracy Russo of Rural Votes has this suggestion: It’s not enough that Senator McCain cancels an event because the media got wind of [...]

  2. BRAVO Tracy.   Clearer words on the subject will likely not be said.

  3.  
    For Clayton Williams, and like minded individuals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGWw5YZZKnQ

     

  4. are you expecting too much of a man with mccain’s history toward his own wives? 

  5. Tracy               grate story, will we see it on morning joe, hardball ext.

  6. Tracey, thanks for bringing this up.  The fact is that women shouldn’t trust McCain on anything, but then neither should men.

    But, quite honestly, Williams’ thinking is not just his, it belongs to a lot of people.  Unfortunately, some of them are women.

    Equally unfortunately, something like this will not really get much play.  There are much more important things forthe media to concentrate on, like Johnson’s questionable, but actually nonspectacular mortgages.

  7. Palo,

    I’d be shocked if any of the shows give this a lot of attention. Its ok to hold Obama accountable for things that his fourth grade teacher’s third cousins ex boyfriend says, but McCain? Not so much.

    Tracy great post. And I agree, McCain should return the money.

  8. McCain has called his wife the ‘ C’ word…so, something makes me believe he and this dude might be a couple of peas in a pod. I wish all those women thinking about voting for McCain would find all of these incidents.

  9. [...] Tracy Russo who blogs at Rural Votes alerted me to this story from ABC’s Political Radar: ABC’s Rick Klein reports: Sen. John McCain on Friday  abruptly canceled a Monday fundraiser that had been scheduled at the home of a Texas oilman, after ABC News contacted the campaign inquiring about a verbal blunder the Texan made during an unsuccessful 1990 campaign for governor. [...]

  10. [...] I hope they’re having second thoughts. [...]

  11. Give ‘em Hell Tracy!

  12. [...] As for Williams and McCain, I wholeheartedly concur with Tracy: [...]

  13. And he wasn’t even the originator. Tex Antoine, a very colorful NYC TV weatherman got fired in  1976 over the same remarks. The following from wikipedia which mentions the Williams link.
    On November 24, 1976, his weather spot came up just after a report of a violent rape of a five year old girl. Tex thereupon quipped: “With rape so predominant in the news lately, it is well to remember the words of Confucius: ‘If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.’” (The same joke later helped derail Texas gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams‘ 1990 election bid and got Indiana University Basketball coach Bob Knight in trouble during an interview with Connie Chung in 1988)
     

  14. You go, Tracy! And I am really glad this is being reposted everywhere.

  15. What’s more odd is that Clayton Williams would have won that election against Richards with that comment; he was still barely ahead in the polls.  It was when on a statewise televised debate a few days before the election she went over to shake his hand (after the debate) and he refused.  That made even Republicans mad in Texas, so Richards won the race.

  16. Clayton Williams made an extremely insensitive and tasteless joke about rape 18 years ago, and it basically ruined his campaign for governor of Texas. He most certainly paid the price then for what he said.
    But Clayton Williams is not a rapist, nor does anyone honestly think he condones it. To say that every dollar he earns now is somehow “dirty” is way over the top.
    He’s a Republican and a womanizer, no doubt. But most of the original post is an overreaction to something that was already dealt with long ago.
     
     
     
     
     
     

  17. [...] for Williams and McCain, I wholeheartedly concur with Tracy: It’s not enough that Senator McCain cancels an event because the media got wind of [...]

  18. We are not Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilley, we don’t need a distraction like this when McCain has all but said he intends to bleed our country dry by continuing the occupation in Iraq, perpetuating the Bush tax cuts, and waging war on the middle class. Smears and out-of-context quotes from 18 yeras ago are the Republican’s tactics. Can’t we do better?

  19. [...] McCain’s campaign spokesman said he wasn’t sure what the senator would be doing with the more than $300,000 brought into the campaign by Williams. (HT: The Back Forty) [...]

  20. **It’s not enough that Senator McCain cancels an event because the media got wind of it.
    It’s not enough.
    Senator McCain should publicly reject and denounce this man.**
    I really dislike the tone of this comment.  It seems to me to be the persistent guilt by association stuff Obama was subjected to on Reverent Wright and Ayers.  Of course, Obama has “issues” with women.  Lots of Republican males, evangelicals and virtually all of Rush’s “Ditto Heads” seem to.  I’m far more interested in how McCain’s attitudes have played out in his persistent anti choice voting record than hearing any verbal denunciations.

  21. Correction.  I meant to say, “Of course, McCain has “issues” with women…..

  22. [...] Want to toss your vote away to McCain, who would put his name on a fundraiser with this monster? As Tracy Russo at The Back Forty stated: I’m almost too outraged to even write this post. A man who has such a disgustingly cavalier [...]

  23. thank you

  24. As plain as the nose on a man’s face ;)

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  30. I had read about a few of these things on other sites but they didn’t go into as much detail. Thanks for the posts.

  31. Did you post a few of these things on another blog? That one post looked very familiar. Maybe I saw something about it on the news?

  32. Do you work in this industry? YOu seem to know a lot about the subject.

  33. Did you post a few of these things on another blog? That one post looked very familiar. Maybe I saw something about it on the news?

  34. Are the comments here real or do you just make them up? The reason I’m asking is because they seem kind of fishy. No offense :)

  35. Lois/WallyY, the comments here are just as authentic as yours. Maybe moreso, but you’d be the only one to know how real your comment is. We certainly didn’t make it up.

  36. [...] ‘why rape jokes aren’t funny‘.  You really don’t need to take my word for it, when so many other amazing, strong feminists have written about it.  (warning: some are [...]

  37. Hey I’ve just posted a thing comparable related to The Back Forty » This is not OK. on my blogging site yesterday morning. How little is the internet :)

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