I wonder if Clybrun’s three working brain cells thought before using the word “rape” to describe Romney was a wise choice.
Rep. Jim Clyburn defended the Obama campaign for attacking Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, implying Tuesday that the former Massachusetts governor was involved in “raping companies.”
“This is not an attack on free enterprise. I want say to you, I don’t take contributions from payday lenders. I refuse to do that. That’s free enterprise,” Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co.” “There’s something about that enterprise that I have a problem with. And there’s something about raping companies and leaving them in debt and setting up Swiss bank accounts and corporate businesses in the Grand Caymans. I have a real serious problem with that.”
The South Carolina Democrat, who said Bain Capital was responsible for merging and closing companies in order to “[walk] away with millions of dollars in profits,” argued that not only are attacks on Bain fair game in the 2012 race, but that they’re “fundamental” to Obama’s campaign strategy.
Update: Beep. . . beep.
South Carolian Rep. Jim Clyburn was wrong to accuse Bain Capital of “raping” companies in a Tuesday interview, the Obama campaign said in a statement.
We posted earlier on Clyburn’s comments, which set something of a land-speed record for over-the-top Bain rhetoric.
“We strongly disagree with Congressman Clyburn’s choice of words — they have no place in this conversation,” Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said.
Update II: Clyburn’s equally dumb spokesman uses this unintentionally hilarious defense, claims “raping” is a “synonym for rob or plunder.”
Patrick Devlin, a spokesman for Clyburn, said that the top-ranking Democrat used the word “raping” as a “synonym for rob or plunder.”