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06/26/2014 09:08 am ET Updated Jun 26, 2014

Todd Akin: Hillary Clinton 'De-Legitimized The Legitimate Claims' Of A Rape Victim

Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who made a claim about "legitimate rape" that brought his 2012 Senate run to a halt, hurled criticism at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new interview with MailOnline.

In August 2012, Akin came under fire after claiming that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. Akin referenced that comment in his criticism of Clinton, saying she "de-legitimized" the claims of a rape victim by defending an alleged child rapist.

"It is incredibly hypocritical that Hillary Clinton would carry on about an imagined 'Republican war on women' when she once got a child rapist off the hook who she knew to be guilty, and laughed about how she did it when interviewed," Akin said.

Akin was referencing audio recordings from the mid-1980s that were recently unearthed by the Washington Free Beacon, in which Clinton reflects on her defense of a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. That girl, now 52, recently told the Daily Beast, “Hillary Clinton took me through Hell."

Akin said Clinton "de-legitimized" the girl's claims by defending her alleged rapist.

"In the process, she de-legitimized the legitimate claims of the 12-year-old victim and then slandered the victim to justify her tactics," Akin said.

This isn't the first time Akin has spoken out since his contentious Senate run ended. In April 2013, he expressed regret over the comments that lost him the election.

"Of course," Akin replied. "Of course you regret it. You think what it would have been like if I hadn't done that."

"I've relived that moment many, many times," he said.

Read more at MailOnline.

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