Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has never shied away from controversial comments, and that hasn’t changed with his newfound place atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Many politicians — like his cautious, consultant-tested opponent Mitt Romney — would respond to front-runner status by trying to attract moderate voters and avoid gaffes. Santorum, however, has continued to come out firing with inflammatory remarks at every opportunity.
Here is a list of the five craziest things that Santorum has said this week:
President Obama Is Like Hitler
During a Sunday appearance at First Redeemer Church in Cummings, GA, Santorum compared the current threat to Americans’ freedom to the “great peril” of World War II.
“America sat from 1940 when France fell to December of ’41 and did almost nothing. Why? Because we’re a hopeful people. We think, ‘You know it will get better. Yeah, I mean, he’s a nice guy. It won’t be near as bad as what we think. You know, this will be OK.”
“You know, maybe he’s not the best guy.’ After a while, you found out some things about this guy over in Europe and maybe he’s not so good of a guy after all. But you know what? ‘Why do we need to be involved? We’ll just take care of our own problems, just get our families off to work and our kids off to school and we’ll be OK.’
“So with the optimistic spirit of America, sometimes, sometimes it’s not okay. It’ll be harder for this generation to figure it out. There’s no cataclysmic event,”
On Monday Santorum denied that he meant to compare Obama to Hitler, but his words speak for themselves.