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Did Rick Santorum Almost Call Barack Obama a Nigger?

Did GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum almost drop the N-bomb on President Obama?

That’s the question many are asking themselves today after a video of the former Pennsylvania senator appears to show him almost saying the word.

“Appears to” is as far as we’re willing to go with this. It makes no sense, either politically or even contextually in his speech, for Santorum to go there. Say what you like about him, he isn’t known as someone afflicted by racial prejudice, although there was one other incident in which he claims to have been misunderstood when speaking about blacks. In January, he told an Iowa audience that he didn’t “want to make black people’s lives better  by giving them other people’s money.” Santorum offered this lame excuse:

“What I started to say was a word and then it sort of changed and ‘blah’ came out. And people said I said ‘black’ and I didn’t.”

This time, Santorum was speaking in Janesville, Wisconsin about Obama’s foreign policy faults. Here’s what he said:

“We know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like, the anti-war government nigg… America was a source for division around the world, that what we were doing was wrong.”

See what I mean? Contextually, “the anti-war government nigger” seems to make no sense, although some commentators say “government nigger” is a real term used in the South and elsewhere to describe “someone who relies on welfare, does drugs or engages in some kind of questionable activity, and is bad at managing money… and bad at parenting; [the] people FOX News went around interviewing and trying to outsmart to prove that Obama’s voters only wanted a black President.”

So, did Rick Santorum almost utter the unspeakable?

“Oh, come on!” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley told Raw Story. “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].”

We’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself what Santorum almost did or did not say:

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2 Comments

  1. James FlamsonMarch 31, 2012 at 6:44 amReply

    “Government n****r” meant basically “welfare queen” before the word “n****r” became unacceptable in polite company.

  2. James FlamsonMarch 31, 2012 at 6:47 amReply

    Also, this wasn’t an “accident.” This was an “accidentally on purpose” gaffe, much like his January comment. It benefits Santorum politically by:

    1) Getting liberals screaming about racism, which builds the image that he’s “persecuted” by the left. At the same time, he doesn’t take a hit among independents, because they’ll refuse to believe he could possibly have meant to say “n****r.”

    2) Signaling to racist conservatives that he’s on their side. They know exactly what Santorum was about to say, and they enthusiastically approve.

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