Raw Story reports:
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) admitted that he was wrong when he told students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to take CPR classes instead of fighting for gun control.
“I blame myself. I said that wrong comment Sunday and I got everybody off on a rabbit trail,” Santorum admitted.
“You’ve got people putting up Nazi effigies of these kids who survived this murderous shooting,” Cuomo shouted back. “You have them lying about a young woman ripping up the Constitution when it was a target. They’re lying! They’re creating bogeymen and nobody is calling them out.”
“The fact of the matter is I did misspeak in using the term CPR and I think Sanjay Gupta’s job here at CNN is probably safe as being the medical commentator on things,” Santorum, a former Republican senator and presidential candidate, said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Santorum was widely rebuked for his CPR comments. Students who lived through the shooting, and even doctors, weighed in publicly, telling the former senator that CPR would not have saved the lives of the victims.
Santorum said his comment about CPR “obscured the larger point,” that past mass shootings have spawned organizations that he said have done significant work in combating school shootings by addressing mental health issues and bullying.
Well…never thought Rick Santorum could do worse than the CPR comment until he said he could see both sides of a mass shooting.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 28, 2018
Rick Santorum clarifies comment about learning CPR instead of advocating for gun control: “The fact of the matter is I did misspeak in using the term CPR. I think Sanjay Gupta’s job here at CNN is probably safe as being the medical commentator on things.” https://t.co/N7GhPErubb pic.twitter.com/Yu1J7Nanc9
— New Day (@NewDay) March 28, 2018