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

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

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: