Rick Santorum joined the chorus of wingnuts commenting Thursday on the senseless murders in Charleston, on the Joe Piscopo radio show, which is apparently a thing. Being Rick Santorum, he started out OK, but then suddenly stepped in a puddle of wingnut shit. Let's words our way through his comments, to see how it all went so terribly wrong.


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Santorum starts off by saying this was "obviously a crime of hate." Yes, correct! "What other rationale" could there be? He continued, "You're sort of lost that someone would walk into a bible study at a church and indiscriminately kill people." Still on the right track! He doesn't mention that it was allegedly a white guy who shot up a black church, but he did say "hate." It's possible that he watched Fox News's report and heard about how it was an anti-Christian hate crime and is just running with the assumption that the suspect, Dylann Roof, is probably a big old atheist.

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Santorum seems to be at a loss for words and says all we can do is pray for the families and console the victims, and RIGHT THERE is where the autopilot in his dumb head kicks on. Did somebody say prayer? ARE WE EVEN ALLOWED TO PRAY ANYMORE?

"You talk about the importance of prayer at this time, but we're now seeing assaults on religious liberty like we've never seen before."

OH REALLY, RICK SANTORUM? Are people being denied the right to pray for people? Is that a thing that is happening? And who, pray tell, does Rick Santorum believe is assaulting everybody's religious liberty? Oh that's right, it's the gays. Remember how ANOTHER wingnut radio host, Steve Deace, asked Santorum if he believes that “the sexual revolution trumps the American Revolution,” or if “someone’s erotic liberty trumps your religious liberty"? And here was his answer, where he explained how religious freedom is way more important than gay erotic freedom:

“Freedom of speech isn’t really worth much if you can’t speak what you believe. Freedom of assembly doesn’t mean much if you can’t assemble for what you believe. Same thing with freedom of the press, same thing with the newfound freedom to do whatever you want to do from a sexual orientation — not a sexual orientation — a sexual activity point of view, that to me is a much lower freedom because is an activity, it is not at the heart of who you are.”

And then remember that OTHER time when Santorum explained how the gays and lesbians were Hitlering all the good Bible-believing Christians, by forcibly compelling them to bake and arrange flowers?

“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers who are being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings or get fined, lose their business,” Santorum said during the appearance on the American Family Association’s “Focal Point” radio program on Monday. “In the case of Colorado, there was a Colorado case recently where someone had to go to a re-education camp if you will.”

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These, little children, are the "assaults on religious freedom" Santorum is talking about, when he worries that maybe people won't be able to pray real nice and good for the victims in Charleston. Because fuck him is why.

[Joe Piscopo show via Talking Points Memo]

Evan Hurst

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