If you're dressed like Abraham Lincoln, odds are that you're going to get a few microphones pointed in your direction. Former Missouri House Rep. George Engelbach, currently a Missouri delegate at the Republican National Convention, has been circling around news stations like a human version of "Where's Waldo" the past several days.
But it's what he said when Democracy Now began peppering him with questions about U.S. Rep. Todd Akin that makes him more than just a delegate with a unique sense of style.
In the course of discussing Akin's comments about "legitimate rape," Engelbach had the following exchange with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman:
Engelbach: [Akin] said what he said, I feel, in a wrong connotation. It’s documented that there is a relatively low conception rate with highly traumatic rapes, rapes that are just brutal. So—
Goodman: Is there another kind of rape?
Goodman: What’s the other kind of rape?
Engelbach: Well, if you’d, for example, rape some girl or lady that was sort of inebriated, maybe a little bit high on drugs or something like that, that’s going on all the time, "slip a Mickey," as we call it. When I grew up, we called them "slipped somebody a Mickey." And, you know, it’s non—it’s not consensual, and it still happens. And that’s the rape that is really hard to prove, many times, but—
To be clear, Engelbach goes on to say that both are instances of rape, that he's not defending Akin, but he has forgiven him. But let's make something else clear. Rape is not a crime of degree. It's not something to be parsed. It's an evil act. Rape is rape.