Rick Santorum: As Someone Who Was Not A Person, Obama Shouldn’t Say That A Fetus Is Not A Person

Posted on

"Rick Santorum: As Someone Who Was Not A Person, Obama Shouldn’t Say That A Fetus Is Not A Person"

Right Wing Watch’s Kyle Mantyla catches this interesting tidbit from CNS’ hour-long interview with potential presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). Along with reiterating his belief that same-sex marriage and gay adoption are a “violation of natural law,” Santorum also said he was surprised that President Obama didn’t know when life began — given his skin color:

SANTORUM: He can’t answer that simple question, which is not a debatable question. I don’t think you’ll find a biologist in the world who would say that is not a human life. The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the constitution? Barack Obama says no, well if that human life is not a person then…I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.

Watch it:

Santorum appears to be arguing that because black people were enslaved and not considered full persons at one time, Obama, as a black person, is being hypocritical in not recognizing that a fetus is a person. Or alternatively: as someone who was “not a person,” Obama shouldn’t say that a fetus is “not a person.”

None of this is of course very surprising to anyone who is familiar with the former senator’s long record of homophobic, racist, and sexist remarks. Santorum has said that “mainstream media” treats conservative African-Americans as an “Uncle Tom,” compared homosexuality to polygamy, incest, adultery and bestiality, and railed against “radical feminism.”

« »

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.