A Virginia Democrat running for office has offended countless people by comparing Tea Party Republicans to convicted rapists. Virginia Democratic state senate candidate Jennifer Wexton, who worked as a prosecutor before her current office run, said in a new campaign ad that she would use the same effort to thwart the efforts of the Tea Party as she did to put convicted rapists behind bars.
“A woman assaulted at night by the reservoir. Another by an intruder who forced his way in through her bedroom window. And for so many, traumatized again by facing the criminal in court,” said Wexton in the ad. “As a prosecutor, I put violent offenders in prison. In the Virginia Senate, I’ll fight just as hard against tea party Republicans who would take away a woman’s health care and her right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest. On Election Day, help me stand up for her.”
Wexton is running for the seat recently vacated by Virginia’s Attorney General-elect Mark Herring. However, numerous Republicans took to Twitter and flooded message boards to express their outrage at her comparison. “Ah yes. The liberal nut jobs are the tolerant and civil members of our society,” wrote one message board member. “They’re always open to diversity of opinion, unprejudiced, forgiving, and understanding of others.”
Wexton herself has not responded to the controversy.