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Rick Santorum Just Tried To Walk Back His 'CPR' Comments—And Dug Himself A Deeper Hole

Rick Santorum Just Tried To Walk Back His 'CPR' Comments—And Dug Himself A Deeper Hole
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Updated 3 months ago

Rick Santorum appeared on CNN in an attempt to clarify the appalling comments he made earlier in the week on State of the Union regarding the March For Our Lives organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Millions of people around the world participated in the march, but Santorum thought it was a waste of time. 

On the show Santorum said:

How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that? 

As if telling teenagers they want "someone else to solve their problem" and should learn CPR to deal with active shooters wasn't awful enough, Santorum went on to belittle the students accomplishments further:

They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bullying within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?’ Those are the kind of things where you can take it internally, and say, ‘Here’s how I’m going to deal with this. Here’s how I’m going to help the situation,’ instead of going and protesting and saying, ‘Oh, someone else needs to pass a law to protect me.’

Yes, you read that correctly. Santorum actually insulted teenagers for wanting "someone" to pass a law to protect them. 

The words were barely out of his mouth before the backlash started:

Terrible, right? So Santorum did the apology tour appearing on CNN speaking with Chris Cuomo. What could possibly go wrong? Well for starters, Santorum, after saying he "misspoke" went on to "clarify"with this:

The positive things that have come out of these mass shootings are organizations and people who have focused on what we can do at our individual schools and communities to prevent these types of things. 

Yes, the positive things from numerous mass shootings is learning to prevent mass shootings. 

But Santorum wasn't finished. He wants the students to get involved but not that kind of involved where they unite the world against the NRA.

Things like Rachel's Challenge or even Sandy Hook Promise. And other organizations that have said, 'What can we do in our community to promote mentoring, to stop bullying, to be more aware of the problems? 
What I see happen here [the students behind March For Our Lives] is avoiding the issues that are really actually unifying. That's really the most disturbing thing. 

Unifying millions in a single cause isn't the kind of unifying Santorum wants. Get it? Like unify, but not on a global scale. Unify like, help someone with their homework. Yes, like that. That will totally stop school shootings. 

Twitter called B.S.

People were also angry with CNN for giving Santorum a platform. 

His remarks have sparked a hashtag #FireRickSantorum.