Saying Republicans are the party of “families” (all you Democrats and Independents with families don’t count), CNN’s tea party hate monger Erick Erickson repeated Rick Santorum’s accusation that the President is pro-infanticide while claiming that Republicans don’t want their kids to be killed.
Listen here via Media Matters:
Erick lies, “You, Mr President, were okay with kids being born after there was supposed to be an abortion and then killing them after they were born. Infanticide is what we used to call it. Now we call it post-birth abortion apparently…. Barack Obama said we should trust the doctor to finish the job.”
Erickson is 100% incorrect in his claims, as in rated “pants on fire” by PolitiFact when Santorum made the charge. Obama’s objections encompassed both the redundancy of the proposed bill and concern that it would be struck down by the courts for giving legal status to fetuses.
Here’s PolitiFact’s take:
“Any child born prematurely, according to the president, in his own words, can be killed,” Santorum said. “Now who’s the extremist in the abortion debate?”
…at no time did he (Obama) make the argument that infants who survived botched abortions should be killed.
Santorum may feel that abortion is tantamount to infanticide, but that does not give him the license to put words in Obama’s mouth that he never uttered. Santorum said, “Any child born prematurely, according to the president, in his own words, can be killed.” Obama didn’t say that. In fact, he said that abortion should be legal, but that children that are born should receive medical care. Obama never said that any child born prematurely can be killed or anything like that. Santorum crosses a line with his rhetoric in distinguishing the difference between his position and Obama’s. We rate Santorum’s statement Pants on Fire.
Nothing says Republican family values like wasting taxpayers money on never needed and never gonna happen legislation while giving daddy corporations a big fat handout.
The real issue here is that Erick Erickson left out the critical clause “we Republicans like to save your kids for war, starvation, and ALEC created death panels like George Zimmerman.” Maybe they don’t like to talk about the other aspects of their “pro-life pro-family” (only if your family is the right kinda white) platform.
But you wanna know what says Republican family values the loudest? Being a pants on fire liar because you can’t debate the facts and still win.
What says desperate and dying cable news channel? Ten years too late on the hate train Fox-copier C-N-N.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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