Top 10 Scariest Things U.S. Politicians Have Said This Year, In Honor of Halloween

We all know that politicians are surprisingly good at saying the wrong thing, and occasionally slipping up. It's a fact of life — hey, we're human. Even (terrifyingly) those in charge of writing our laws.

So, in honor of Halloween, have a wander through this year's most unfortunate political comments, and think about the state of the country. That'll scare you, alright.

Be prepared to cry/scream/headbash.

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg

“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.” —on Texas’ anti-choice bills.


Rep. Louie Gohmert

“This president and this secretary of state also think that … more deadly to this country than Ebola is climate change, more deadly than the Islamic State to Thomas Foley is climate change.”

(Of course, he means photojournalist James Foley.)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann

“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt. People don’t hold guilt for a woman” —on why the U.S. isn’t ready for a woman. And why it voted for President Obama.

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Rep. Dan Patrick

“This is an exciting time for Christians. God is speaking to us from the most unlikely voice, Phil Robertson, about God’s Word. God is using pop culture and a highly successful cable TV show to remind us about His teaching.” —referring specifically to Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. Christ.

Rep. Rand Paul

“This whole sort of war on women thing, I’m scratching my head because if there was a war on women, I think they won … In fact, I worry about our young men sometimes because I think the women are out-competing the men in our world.”

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Vice President Joe Biden

"There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world’s most prosperous nations.”

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Gov. Chris Christie

“Whatever. Get in line. I’ve been sued lots of times before. Get in line. I’m happy to take it on.” —in response to Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox’s threat that she might pursue litigation.

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Gov. Rick Perry

“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that. And I look at the homosexual issue in the same way.”

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

“The Asian population is so productive. I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are. [I have trouble] keeping my Wongs straight”. —as a joke for the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas.

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Former Rep. Henry Aldridge

“The facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant. Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever.”

Not actually said this year, but terrifying enough to last the ages.

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