By tweeting that "Romney is pro rape" on Wednesday, Roseanne Barr immediately ignited an online controversy.
Actress, comedian, and so-called presidential candidate Barr infuriated and embarrassed tons of people with her Twitter post.
Barr said she considers Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to essentially be pro-rape because they don’t believe in paying for abortions, even if a pregnancy has resulted from rape or incest.
Barr explained her thinking in a series of tweets:
“Both romney and ryan oppose paying for the abortions of our raped and forcibly impregnated female troops!” she said in one.
“Romney no longer believes that his health care program should pay for the abortions of our raped/forcibly impregnated troops," she said in another.
"Denying our raped and impregnated female troops the right to paid abortion is pro rape, pro rape culture, and anti american,” she said in yet another.
But Barr might have sent out the controversial tweet to bring attention to her own campaign because the actress will be one of a dozen presidential candidates on the Florida ballot in November, due to the Sunshine State's liberal ballot-access rules.
She is running under the auspices of her California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Her platform includes the legalization of the use of marijuana and same-sex marriage. Her running mate is Cindy Sheehan, an anti-war activist.
Sheehan became known across the country when she protested outside former President George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas.
On her website. Barr posted a statement saying “the bankers and the [U.S.] Federal Reserve need to be brought down” to help fix the US economy. “They have stolen our money, our future and the American Dream and continue to enslave us with a broken monetary system,” she said.
“We definitely do not have any serious choices in this election besides me,” she added in a video on her website.
She probably won’t be shying away from saying, “Romney is pro rape,” again during her campaign.
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