And it seems the unofficial and unconfirmed winner of the Ni-CLANG Sweepstakes is Rick Santorum, folks!
Speaking to a group of voters in Janesville, Wisconsin on Wednesday, the candidate seemed to catch himself before using a word that sounds like “n*gger” to describe the president. (The original video of the speech is available here. The remarks in question take place at about 34:50.)
“We know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like – the anti-war government nig… America was a source for division around the world, that what we were doing was wrong,” Santorum said.
“Oh, come on!” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley told Raw Story when asked for comment. “Give me a break. That’s unbelievable. What does it say about those that are running with this story that that’s where their mind goes. You know, I’m not going to dignify that with [a response].”
“That is absolutely ridiculous.”
Right. He meant to say “the anti-war government blah person.”
It’s probably ridiculous. Santorum, speaking for 30 plus minutes, might have gotten tongue tied. The video’s inconclusive at best as far as I can tell. But you know what? It’s end of March, coming up on April. We’ve got seven months to go still and we’re reasonably close to having one of the major GOP candidates go there. Slick Rick here may have reasonable doubt in this instance. Sometime before November, it’s going to happen. Santorum wasn’t exactly singing the President’s praises in the speech.
But hey, Santorum’s campaign and at times Santorum himself accused POTUS of promoting infanticide, promoting eugenics, of having radical Islamic policies and of being a bigot towards Santorum’s anti-gay bigot buddies. These are things Santorum and his people have gone on record of having said, so frankly dropping the n-word really can’t make him much more of an odious, self-righteous jagoff.
Santorum crossed that line long ago.