A few days ago, while giving a speech at one of those meet-and-greet thingies presidential candidates do at diners when they’re in places like Iowa and New Hampshire, suddenly relevant(?) and hilarious Republican person Rick Santorum was talking about his plans to cut welfare.
“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” Santorum told the assembled white folk. “I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.”
Naturally, some people were, ugh, bothered by Santorum’s comment, which came across as somewhat, ugh, racist. But rather than owning the mistake and apologizing — which probably would have made it all go away — Santorum went on CNN and offered a ridiculous explanation: He told John King that what he actually said was “blah people,” not “black people.”
“I’ve looked at that quote, in fact I looked at the video,” Santorum insisted. “In fact, I’m pretty confident I didn’t say black. What I think — I started to say a word and then sort of changed and it sort of — blah — mumbled it and sort of changed my thought.”
Take it away, Stephen Colbert!