08/12/2013 05:16 pm ET | Updated Aug 12, 2013

Republicans Call 'Slap Hillary' Game, Created By GOP PAC, Violent And 'In Poor Taste'


Republicans have joined anti-violence activists in decrying a game that allows players to virtually slap Hillary Clinton.

After a GOP super PAC resurrected “Slap Hillary,” a game that enables players to hit a cartoon version of the former first lady across the face, a number of advocates spoke out against the game and the RNC couldn’t agree with them more.

“Clearly any game encouraging people to slap anyone is in poor taste. It was when the Democrats used Sarah Palin as the target and it is now with Hillary Clinton,” RNC spokeswoman Kirstan Kukowski told ABC News.

The Hillary Project -- the group that’s promoting “Slap Hillary,” and says its mission is to keep Clinton out of the White House -- had defended posting the game to its website by saying that Democrats didn’t wince when the “Slap Palin” game was making its rounds in 2008.

By speaking out, Kukowski directly responded to a petition launched by American Bridge 21st Century, an organization that aims to hold Republicans accountable. The petition demanded that the RNC address the violent game.

The Hillary Haters are at it again... and the Republican National Committee has nothing to say about it. The rabid right wing is so scared of a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016 that they’re already doing everything they can to sink her sky high popularity. That, we expected. What didn’t we expect?
Slapping. If leading GOP groups are going to stoop this low, the RNC needs to speak out.

But another petition, launched by UltraViolet, a group that aims to fight sexism and expand women's rights, is still fighting for a response. The group is calling for the game to be removed from The Hillary Project’s website and got about 105,000 signatures with 48 hours, according to the Washington Post.

“For women, this issue is no laughing matter,” Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, told the paper. “A woman is assaulted every nine seconds in our country. Everyday, three women die because of domestic violence.”


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