(NEW YORK) — Congressman Todd Akin’s office said on Thursday that multiple death and rape threats have been made against the lawmaker, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat in his home state of Missouri.
Spokesman Steve Taylor announced that “over the last couple of days, there’s been threats of rape of staff, the congressman’s family, and suggestions that people die.”
There was also a report of someone saying they would “legitimately rape” Akin’s wife, a reference to a statement the anti-abortion congressman made that it’s difficult for women to become pregnant in the case of “legitimate rape.”
Taylor said that Capitol Police and the FBI were looking into “which threats are accurate and how to contextualize them.”
A St. Louis TV station first broke the story that “multiple people have threatened rape and harm against Akin, his staff and family.”
Akin’s remarks created a firestorm that prompted GOP leaders to urge him to drop out of the race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. However, Akin, after a lengthy apology, says he will remain a candidate for the Senate.
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