UPDATED: Was Rick Santorum About To Call Barack Obama The “N-Word”?

Sure sounds like it! Good riddance, you hateful, shitty little man.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whitworth here. It does sound like Republican presidential nominee hopeful Rick Santorum almost called Barack Obama “an anti-war government nigger”. This would be huge, obviously. But we need to remember that we don’t know for sure what word his tongue and lips were trying to make. He could’ve been trying to say “anti-war government negotiator.” That would make sense in context, too.

About that context: the clip John posted above comes from a March 27 rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. Here’s an article on the rally. which conspicuously doesn’t mention the possible slip (they even run an excerpt from around that part of the video, so someone at WISC must have heard it). The video of the entire event is on Youtube, which is handy for skeptical people who demand context and want something this big triple-verified before they accept it.

I’m embedding the full video below. And here’s the direct link to the YouTube page it’s originally from, run by JATV,  Janesville’s public access station. (There’s a website here). Watch it and judge for yourself. The important bit happens around 34:20.

It does look bad. In any case, even the non-possibly-racist parts of the video make it clear Rick Santorum is a loathsome individual who stands for horrible things. How can someone who says they’re a Christian bash anyone for being anti-war? Unbelievable.

UPDATE: John here. Since, as Stephen points out, that syllable could really be anything, you all might want to maybe figure out what that word might be yourselves.

My thoughts? If Santorum didn’t close the bay doors on a big old N-bomb, maybe he was suggesting that Obama is “someone who constantly criticizes in a petty way.” Totally something that would make sense in that context, right? Along with dozens of other words on that page that could complete the phrase “anti-war government nig-uh-tsthfgl” in a non-racist way. Yes, so many of those words could fit there. Definitely.

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2 thoughts on “UPDATED: Was Rick Santorum About To Call Barack Obama The “N-Word”?”

  1. Here’s something to roll around in your skull.

    These speeches are written in advance. Every word is carefully chosen by highly paid professionals, informed by polling and focus group testing.

    Chances are, Santorum’s glancing left and right is to look to teleprompters just out of frame (campaigns use portable prompter sets that go from event to event).

    Santorum’s schtick is to play to the uber-conservative folks. The anyone-but-Romney, Obama-is-ruining-our-nation type of Americans who may be less inclined to panic if someone uses language like Whitworth suggests above over beers in the garage with buddies.

    By this act in the highly-funded, exhaustively-rehearsed play, these guys have their stump speeches down cold. Slips are intentional. Choreographed for gain.

    Now, I’m not suggesting that all Republicans are racist. Far from it. I’m not even suggesting that the language-tick heard here is likely the disturbing racial epithet we refer to, not so politely, as “the N-word.”

    What I am suggesting is that, whatever your take on Santorum’s verbal stumble, you consider that it might be intentional.

    Sometimes it’s a dog-whistle to a loyal base. A hint to like-minded followers of what language he uses in his own garage over beers with his own buddies.

    Sometimes it’s a “look, I’m human too!” fake-out as recently employed by the Sask. Party’s faux-humble blooper video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9FpeDt3MU8), clearly in response to criticism that the slick and PR-savvy Wall is always on message with a pocket-square to match his tie.

    So, when you’re watching this video, consider that it’s not a slip-up at all and ask yourself what Santorum stands to gain in Janesville or in interweb-land from such a YouTubable moment.

  2. Highly doubt it was intentional. Any disgusting positives would be greatly outweighed by the negatives. Even if scripted and rehearsed, he’s still human and in an hour-long speech stutters will occur.

    I vote for nincompoop.

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