By Ralph Schwartz
An audio clip of Snohomish County Councilman John Koster reveals the Republican candidate for House of Representatives, District 1, speaking some might say too flippantly about rape and abortion.
The clip has been posted on two Seattle media I have found: The Stranger and the Seattle PI, which reported that a “liberal advocacy group” provided the audio to the Associated Press today. The audio is from a fundraiser held on Sunday, and it’s almost certain that Koster didn’t know he was being taped.
Here’s the part of Koster’s statement excerpted by The Stranger (you can hear the full audio at The Stranger link, too):
“But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s the consequence of this crime, how does that make it better? You know what I mean?”
The media is fixing on Koster’s word choice; he said “the rape thing” twice. Does this mean he is callous to the victims of this violent crime? Or could it be that Koster was speaking of rape and abortion not as a harrowing life experience but rather as a theme this election season?
(Koster did dismiss incest as a possible exception to an abortion ban because “it’s so rare.” I think that comes across unambiguously as being out of touch with reality.)
Listen to the audio on “the rape thing” and judge for yourself.