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2014 midterms

Conservative radio host at Florida GOP rally: 'Culture of rape' idea is 'nonsense'

This might not be the best way to promote your candidate.

Conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager spoke on Wednesday at a rally in Florida, organized by the Sarasota Republican Party, intended to get out the vote for GOP Gov. Rick Scott. But while he was at it, Prager began speaking against the very idea of there being a "culture of rape" on college campuses — alleging that it is simply a ploy by Democrats to get votes.

"What nonsense. There is a culture of rape on campuses run by the feminist left?" said Prager, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. "What do you cite to sell me this nonsense? One in five women are sexually assaulted on campuses. Do you know what sexual assault means? Did you ever look at what counts? An unwanted kiss is considered sexual assault. I'm stunned it's only 1 in 5. Four out of five women have not gotten an unwanted kiss? My wife gets unwanted kisses every so often."

Instead of there being a culture of rape, Prager said, the real problem on college campuses is "a rape of the culture."

Sarasota GOP chairman Joe Gruters, who the Herald-Tribune reports is also a member of the State Board of Trustees, responded to the paper, saying that sexual assault on college campus is indeed a serious issue. "And it should never have been part of a political discussion at the rally," he said.

To read the newspaper's full transcript of Prager's remarks, click here.