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Todd Akin Jokes About Dem Lawmakers Getting "Lynched" (VIDEO)

09/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), at a town hall Tuesday, crowed that Democratic lawmakers returning to their home districts "almost got lynched," by angry town hall protesters. His remark got applause from the crowd. Of course, he added, the GOP doesn't "approve of lynchings" -- and made a choking gesture that prompted laughter from the audience.

While lynchings are never funny, Akin's joke seems particularly odd given the actual violence surrounding these events. At least one Democrat has, in fact, been physically assaulted by an anti-reform crowd member. Another has received a death threat, and a third has been hung in effigy.

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