Rick Santorum Loses His Religion, and Exposes the Bulls**t Behind His Campaign

Rick Santorum fed his Christian base what they love the most when he responded to a New York Times reporter’s question by calling it “bullsh–” and saying the reporters don’t care about the truth at all. He then took his case for media persecution straight to his donors, claiming he had been “aggressively attacked.”

Sunday (God’s day), while campaigning in Wisconsin, Santorum blew up at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny after the reporter asked Santorum to clarify a comment he made calling Mitt Romney the “worst Republican in the country.”

Today, Santorum claims cursing a NYT reporter is just proof that he’s a Republican. On Fox & Friends this morning Santorum said, “If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican.” In an email to supporters, Santorum claimed he was “aggressively attacked” by the New York Times reporter.

Boston.com reported that Santorum wrote, “Predictably, I was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter all too ready to defend the two of them, and all too ready to distort my words. Let me assure you, I didn’t back down, and I didn’t let him bully me.”

Here is Santorum’s idea of being “aggressively attacked”: Jeff Zeleny asked, “You said Mitt Romney was the worst Republican in the country. Is that true?”

“Is that true?” is an aggressive attack that causes Rick Santorum to lose his religion? Wow. That was quick.

CBS got the video this morning of that confrontation and interviewed the NYT reporter. Watch here:

Santorum took the best defense is offense approach by lambasting the reporter, “What speech did you listen to? Stop lying! I said he was the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that’s what I was talking about!”

Pointing his finger in the reporter’s face with his eyebrows down and eyes a bit crazy, he continued, “Would you guys quit distorting what I’m saying! Quit distorting my words. If I see it, it’s bulls—! Come on, man! What are you doing?”

As the tape proves, the reporter was doing what reporters do. He was asking Santorum to explain a comment he made. Santorum denied making it and claimed it was taken out of context, saying that he was referencing Romney being the worst person to fight Obama on the Affordable Healthcare Act (“Obamacare”).

Santorum closed his show for the base by indicting the media, “I’m upset when the media distorts what I say. Yeah, I do get upset. What are you guys in the business of doing, reporting the truth? Or are you here to try to spin and make news? Stop it! You don’t care about the truth, do you? Asking that question shows me you don’t care at all about the truth.”

The real problem here isn’t that Santorum got profane, which is hypocritical and par for the course for Republican Christians these days.

After all, swearing isn’t swearing when it comes from a conservative Christian. Whether it’s Sarah Palin calling things “asinine” or saying “wtf” or Rick Santorum saying “bullshit”, it’s awesome when Republicans do it. But if Joe Biden whispers “it’s a big fu*king deal” the world has ended in a vulgarity. Cursing in public and on TV is the new Christian for Republicans.

The real problem is that Santorum thinks being asked to clarify a comment is an “aggressive attack.” How would he deal with leaders of other countries? Is no one allowed to ask King Santorum if something is true? Off with their heads!

At least his Christian base is happy today. There’s nothing the Republican base loves more than an angry Republican candidate cursing the liberal media. Apparently Jesus was only good until someone asked him a question, and then all bets were off.

In this new Republican Christianity, you get a free pass for character and temperament if you’re mad. Huh. And here I thought it was precisely those moments when we are most tested that our true character reveals itself.

22 Replies to “Rick Santorum Loses His Religion, and Exposes the Bulls**t Behind His Campaign”

  1. These people can’t ever let slip an opportunity to be persecuted. The game here is to push and push until you force the other guy to do what you say he’s always been guilty of, and then cry persecution. It’s an old game dating back at least to the fourth century if not before.

  2. Please don’t make me defend Rick Santorum: he’s an asshole. But the reporter DID take the statement grossly out of context – which he must have known he was doing. And calling what someone says “bullshit” is not an attack on the person. It’s an attack on his bullshit words.

    Sorry – Rick Santorum is the broken clock this time. He’s right.

  3. I think when Republicans/Dominionists lose their cool and their manners, it’s called “righteous indignation”. For the rest of us, it’s “abusive profanity”.

  4. The only people who buy in to the ‘victim’ crappola are the people who need to feel persecuted. Santorum just climbd up on his cross for all his faithful followers to admire and weep. Poor Ricky! The devil is after him! He’s being ‘agressively attacked’! Santorum only convinced the people who have a monster in the closet or a boogey man under the bed.

  5. This is when an instant replay video is needed for his dipshit mind and dipshit followers. “You said this”
    “No I would never-”
    *clip plays*
    “Riiiiiight, well if you’re going to play dumb, I’m done here.”

  6. If that simple little”3 word Question” set him off…. It’s a good think no one asked him to give an opinion as to Newt being a ‘Man of faith’ and a X-ian too, LIKE Him

    Would he have to ask or refer the Adulterer 3rd wife or go back and ask wife #2 or #1. When do you start the clock on THAT?

  7. The massive double standard on morality does matter. Santorum can use a profanity but women needing contraception are creating a world of infamy and moral deterioration? An anti-abortion zealot once told a group of pro-choice people to “F**K OFF!” When someone recoiled in mock horror, said protester declared,”I’m born again. I can do anything I want.”

    Beware the purist religious hypocrites. There are NO standards for them, they are always victims, and there is no freedom for you. Any of us, anywhere, ever.

  8. What I find strange is that if he doesn’t trust the media, why did he run to Fox News? Does this mean that he and others who run to Fox don’t consider Fox to be a part of the MSM? If the answer to this question is yes, I agree with them!

  9. I heard him say, “Mitt Romney is the worst Repulican,” and stop….he said nothing about health care. Poor Rick….a whiner just like Sarah.

  10. As a “reporter” who has asked benign questions and been assailed as an “aggressive liberal journalist” on several occasions, I can say it was always a Republican and always when they were asked to clarify a statement or give proof of an assertion. Ended up meeting with editor to explain my disrespect and “assault” on the politician. Hrafnkell is right, crying persecution is a tired canard used by weak politicians and it has been around for centuries. Santorum is using a tried-and-true tactic that pathetic conservative sycophants feed off of.

    Don’t think the Times reporter will forget Santorum’s reaction the next time he writes a story. I wouldn’t, and it would be worth the visit to the editor and the subsequent suspension.

  11. And yet, F**khead doesn’t give a shite if he distorts and lies about President Obama. Go Figure.

    Thanks for exposing one of the sick sociopathic gop candidates, Sarah.

  12. Nah, Sanotorum fails ’cause of his hypocrisy. He lies about President Obama relentlessly and little ricky gets a tiny bit of his own medicine and he goes off the f**king rails. Poor little persecuted a**hole.

  13. I am not a Santorum (or Romney) fan (or Republican for that matter), but the reporter did not ask him to clarify a statement. Santorum’s comment was that Romney was the worst Republican “to put up against Obama.” The reporter SAYS Santorum was quoted as saying that Romney was “the worst Republican”, then asks if this is true. These are two different things. If he had asked why Santorum doesn’t think Romney should not be put head to head against Obama (although Santorum has said that time and again and so this “clarification” seems bogus), that would be asking for clarification. Instead, he lopped off part of what Santorum said which changed the statement completely. What else was he doing but baiting Santorum? I don’t care whether this kind of question gets asked of a Republican, Democrat, or a celebrity, for that matter. This appeared to be baiting, pure and simple. Why not ask substantive questions that help us better understand the candidate’s positions and their thoughts on subtle problems in our pressing issues? (E.g., lack of health coverage for children with “pre-existing conditions” for instance?) Let’s get real and stop making stories about journalists trying to make up empty stories.

  14. Did you even bother to watch the video? He clearly said nothing about “Obamacare”…nada, nothing, nope, not even…he said what the reporter repeated. Little Ricky went off the rails because he’s too arrogant to know any better, thinks his poop doesn’t stink when his brain farts in public…which it does daily.

    I can’t wait for Stewart to get a hold of this one!

  15. poor ricky was just being your everyday evangelical christian,only this time he could not hide the bible.

  16. “…Why not ask substantive questions that help us better understand the candidate’s positions and their thoughts on subtle problems in our pressing issues?…”

    Where have you been? Under a rock?? The republicant
    candidates won’t ANSWER questions:
    1. That they don’t like
    2. That are not soft-balls which they agree
    3. Answer the question the way they want instead of giving substance to the issues…
    4. unless they can flip-flop and lie.

    If Little Ricky said “Don’t vote for Obama because he’s a Moooslim” and the report asked “Is it true that Obama is a Muslim” do you think Little Ricky would have screamed and cursed, call the reporter a lair? No, of course not; he would have take the bait…

    Santorum also told Brody (right wing radio host) that he won’t rule out being Romney’s running mate…he said he’d do “whatever is best for the country”…I can’t wait for a reported to ask him about that statement!

  17. He’s left himself open to being goaded into displays of what appears to be an uncontrollable temper when challenged. Go to it folks.

  18. Old Man McCain-ism all over again…what is with these con-men who think they can scream and bluster as a way to “win”…how freakin’ regressed and immature.

  19. Since when is the word “bullshit” profane? Unless you think either cattle or excrement are sacred, I see nothing sacrilegious about it, just a foul-mouthed hypocrite eating his own words. Personally, I’ve always associated the word “bullshit” with Santorum, and am quite pleased to see him take it mainstream. It’s a terrific campaign slogan for a Republican, and a solemn vow for a Christian.

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