Ruhle Accuses Conservatives of ‘Weaponizing’ Ohio Child Rape Story

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle hypocritically weaponized the case of a 10-year old girl who traveled from Ohio to Indiana to seek an abortion by declaring that it was actually conservatives who were “weaponizing this story” by not initially believing its veracity.

Ruhle, a former colleague and present participant in a panel discussion expressed his gratitude to Ruhle Washington Post Live anchor Leigh Ann Caldwell, “the truth matters but only if you hear it. We say it all the time and I want our audience to understand this week, many, many people heard this awful, awful story in Ohio, a ten year old girl was raped and she had to flee to another state to seek abortion services. Is that why she did it? Because we all know. Roe v. Wade was overturned.”

 

 

Ruhle then teed up a montage of various Fox’s Jesse Watters, Bill Hemmer, and Republican politicians casting doubt on the story before shifting to focus on the perpetrator’s status as an illegal immigrant.

This was all very confusing to Ruhle, “I don’t even understand this. They are denying the story, they’re weaponizing this story. This girl had to flee the state because Roe v. Wade was overturned. That’s what the right wanted to happen. So, what exactly are they doing here?” 

Caldwell didn’t have an answer and ended up just recapping the montage, “I don’t know what they’re doing. What I do know is that they thought first at this — they were blaming the media, as telling lies, as being fake news when it was actually the truth. And then when they found out it was the truth and then they transitioned their argument, to saying, blaming, or saying the perpetrator, saying that he shouldn’t have been in the country because he is illegally here.” 

Caldwell said that Caldwell’s case is proof of the extreme position taken by the GOP on this issue.

So, you know, the problem is, though, is that this is exactly what conservatives wanted. And they don’t really have an answer for it. But what they do have is, there’s a huge debate happening right now, in Congress and in states along the country and on the campaign trail, what to do in instances of rape and incest and Republicans more and more likely to say that rape, incest should not be an exception and so is just, you know, Democrats are continuing to highlight that hypocrisy and extremism, of course. But also, it raises real life questions for women and girls around the country. 

Ruhle & Caldwell were able to help by pointing out that the left and media originally fabricated this story. They asked Republicans for comment even though Republicans would be considered extremists regardless of their embracing of rape or incest. Also, it should not be taken as right-wing hackery for journalists to verify single-source stories better before making them national narrative leaders.

This segment was sponsored and produced by UPS.

This transcript is for the show on July 15.

MSNBC The 11th Hour: Stephanie Ruhle

7/15/2022

11.15 PM ET

STEPHANIE RUHLE:  Leigh Ann, the truth matters but only if you hear it. We say it all the time and I want our audience to understand this week, many, many people heard this awful, awful story in Ohio, a ten year old girl was raped and she had to flee to another state to seek abortion services. Is that why she did it? Because we all know. Roe v. Wade was overturned. How did they respond to the left? How did they talk about the story? What did they do to cover the story? This is what you should see. 

JESSE WATTERS: Primetime decided to investigate this alleged child rape. No one reported this child rape to law enforcement? 

DAVE YOST – Not one whisper.

BILL HEMMER: We don’t know if this story is even true. 

TODD ROKITA: We have this abortion activist acting as a doctor with a history of failing to report. We’re going to fight this to the end. Including looking at her licensure. 

JIM JORDAN

WATTERS: Don’t you think this immigration status is relevant? That’s what I think. He shouldn’t have been in the country. 

RUHLE: I don’t even understand this. They are denying the story, they’re weaponizing this story. This girl had to flee the state because Roe v. Wade was overturned. That’s what the right wanted to happen. So, what exactly are they doing here? 

LEIGN ANN CALDWELL: That’s an excellent question, Steph. I don’t know what they’re doing. What I do know is that they thought first at this — they were blaming the media, as telling lies, as being fake news when it was actually the truth. And then when they found out it was the truth and then they transitioned their argument, to saying, blaming, or saying the perpetrator, saying that he shouldn’t have been in the country because he is illegally here. 

So, you know, the problem is, though, is that this is exactly what conservatives wanted. And they don’t really have an answer for it. But what they do have is, there’s a huge debate happening right now, in Congress and in states along the country and on the campaign trail, what to do in instances of rape and incest and Republicans more and more likely to say that rape, incest should not be an exception and so is just, you know, Democrats are continuing to highlight that hypocrisy and extremism, of course. But also, it raises real life questions for women and girls around the country. 

RUHLE, It is just amazing. You can have a discussion about the potential attacker and why he was in the country and that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that a ten-year-old in the state of Ohio was unable to get safe abortion services. Those are two different and very important topics. 

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