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Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Politics | 21 comments

Sounds like Rick Santorum Almost Called Obama the “N Word” (VIDEO): But Did He?

This will be spun (sort of like in the Trayvon Martin case George Zimmerman seemingly saying “coons” is being explained as “goons”) but it really does sound like fading Republican Presidential nomination contender Rick Santorum almost called President Barack Obama the “n word.” So I’m getting ready for the emails, the denunciations for posting this and pointing out what is quite obvious by a)what he almost says b)the look on his face as he stops himself.

“Well, he really wanted to say nice guy…he really wanted to say neophyte…he really wanted to say native Kenyan…he really wanted to say nephew since he was going to talk about Obama’s uncle…” (Now you don’t have to watch any talk show hosts or read any blogs on this story. You read it here first…)

Speculation and predictable spin is now gathering steam on Google. Unless this turns out to be some kind of fabricated clip, it will not erase the growing perception that Rick Santorum’s problem that led to his 2006 defeat and him grabbing defeat from the jaws of possible 2012 Republican nomination victory has been his own mouth. The story is gathering steam on Google News as well.

UPDATE: Be sure to read comments because there are some who genuinely feel he’s getting a bad rap on this. That could be the case as well. But I’ve added a new sub head due to the comments below. (Add yours) On the other hand, it does seem a bit like this… And during campaigns candidates often say things that draw extra scrutiny (excessive or warrented?).

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  • DougL

    Good news for Rick Santorum. “Frothy mix” is no longer the top hit on Google for his name.

  • Can’t stand the guy but, I’m not buying it. “The anti-war government n….r”? What’s a “government n….r?”

    Sounds like a stutter to me. YMMV.

    I mean, I don’t really care about this guy, I’m must trying to be fair.

  • DaGoat

    Have to agree with Dean – the n-word doesn’t make much sense in context. Santorum is pretty bad for a number of reasons, but somebody’s just looking for something to complain about here.

  • zephyr

    No shortage of reasons why Santorum is a crappy candidate as well as a general embarrassment to the country, but after listening to that clip a few times I still have no idea what he was trying to say.

  • CStanley

    I have no idea what he was saying either. Is there a clip that doesn’t loop the stuttered part, so that at least one can hear the context of the rest of the sentence? It makes no sense that it would have been “n***” but I don’t know what word would make sense either.

  • Crabby Abbey

    For all those saying it doesn’t sound like that could be correct because of the context, it actually does make sense. Obama was a black democrat in the Senate. He was anti-war. Therefore, he was an “anti-war, government … ” – obvious slang for a black elected official. Yes, the GOP are this ugly.

  • roro80

    Meh, we already know that Santorum is a vile, hateful human being who is grotesquely bigoted against women, LGBT people, people of color, and pretty much anyone who can’t swallow whatever disgusting pill he is peddling. Whether he used the n-word or not? Wouldn’t shock me, certainly. Don’t really care.

  • zephyr

    “we already know that Santorum is a vile, hateful human being who is grotesquely bigoted”

    Apparently one can get away with a lot when the ignorance and loathing is cloaked in the mantle of religion. (the cute little sweater vest probably helps too)

  • roro80

    Yes, possibly zephyr, but there’s nothing particularly religious about puertorriquenos needing to speak English, nor huge amounts of the other vile crap he spews. And we all know plenty of people who share Santorum’s religion yet manage not to be viscious bigots or makers of heinous policy.

  • I don’t know if anyone here has ever lived in Pennsylvania, but I have. I’m a southern southerner (rural south Georgia). But when I moved to Pennsylvania in 1980, I was blown away by the overt racism — both in Philly, where I lived in the suburbs, and in “rural” PA.

    With that background, I’m not surprised at this and concur with @CrabbyAbbey’s observation.

    Context from TheGuardian:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/mar/30/rick-santorum-slip-n-word

    There is a long list of minor Republicans and conservative figures who get caught out for staggeringly crass racial comments around Obama. To name a few:

    The head of the college Republicans at University of Texas who tweeted: “My president is black, he snorts a lot of crack. Holla.”

    Or the blogger for the conservative John Locke Foundation who posted a picture of Obama in drag with a bucket of fried chicken on the group’s website.

    Or the Orange County Republican official who circulated an email that featured Obama as the child of chimpanzees.

    Or the Republican city mayor in California who circulated an email with a picture of the White House lawn turned in to a watermelon patch.

    There is simply a lot of this stuff about. Now, I am willing to believe that Santorum had no intention of saying “nigger” when he stumbled in Janesville. Perhaps he did mean to say “government-nik”. Perhaps his brain just froze. It happens.

    But it is no surprise to me that others will think the worst of him. After all, plenty of Santorum’s fellow Republicans and conservatives have given people ample reason to do so.

  • It also goes right along with the “re-nig” bumper stickers, doesn’t it?

    http://static.selfdeprecate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Dont-Renig-2012-Obama.jpg

  • For those of you who want the entire speech:
    http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-3216-did_santorum_use_n_word.html

    If you don’t want to list (it’s painful) here’s a rough transcript — my vote is in. Nigger was what was about to come out of his stream of consciousness – there is no other explanation. He was on a roll with explicit criticisms of Obama and then made a hard right that contextually makes NO sense:

    The way Barack Obama sees America as a broken country… that was unfair, unjust discriminatory … and still is in large part today. As he gives speeches about the 99 versus the 1 and income inequality….

    Any opportunity to divide America … he takes the opportunity to separate us, to remind us of our differences …

    A country that needs to be unified by a powerful government …

    That is Barack Obama’s vision for America … it is why he whispered off-camera he thought, “Say just give me a little space, we’ll take care of this … after the election.” (laughter-applause)

    We know, we know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like. The anti-war, government nig– uh, the uh, America was a source for division around the world. What we were doing was wrong. And we needed to pull out and we needed to pull back … he cut the defense budget by half-a-trillion-dollars …

    You know the defense budget … just a little history … When I was born the defense budget was 60% of the federal budget. It is not 60% anymore… it’s 17% of the budget. According to Barack Obama that’s the problem. …the part of the budget that was less than 10% when I was born is now 60% …. Entitlements.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    “We know, we know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like. The anti-war, government nig– uh, the uh, America was a source for division around the world. What we were doing was wrong. And we needed to pull out and we needed to pull back … he cut the defense budget by half-a-trillion-dollars …”

    I have listened to it again and again, Kathy and there is no question about it what Santorum was about to say. I know that his defenders will come up with all kinds of alternative universes, but especially after now reading the transcript, I am one hundred percent sure he was going to use the “n” word — unconsciously, maybe.

    How else would the normally eloquent Santorum, stop, hesitate, look bewildered and continue in such a disembodied, unconnected, make-no-sense fashion.

  • slamfu

    He might really want to rethink his stance on the use of teleprompters.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Shades of “I do not want to make blah.. people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money”

  • zephyr

    Thank-you Kathy for the additional information and context. As they say, context is everything.

    I don’t consider myself naive, but I do tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. Given the additional background, I wouldn’t rule out the probablility I’ve given Santorum too much slack. Despite all the reflexive denials, we all know there is an ugly and pervasive undercurrent of racism that continues to taint the political right.

    If Santorum hadn’t meant to say government n—-r then what was he trying to say? If he wasn’t going there, then why did he so completely change the subject rather than clarifying on the hoof and continuing with his point? And the look on his face…

  • zippee

    The REAL question is this: would it have shocked anyone if Santorum HAD said “n—-r”???

    I know it wouldn’t have shocked me.

  • bluebelle

    Another “blah” moment for Santorum– and yes he did say black in that other speech about entitlements.
    I hope he wasn’t about to say the n word. He does seem to give the crowd what it wants to hear without thinking about national opinion. At least he will be off our radar soon.

  • zephyr

    “At least he will be off our radar soon.”

    And a mighty blessing it will be.

  • slamfu

    Wow, I just heard the audio for the first time. He was TOTALLY going call Obama a n****r! Wow again.

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