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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This Week In Crazy: Obama And Oprah’s Race War, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Rick Santorum

Former senator, presidential also-ran, and possible criminal Rick Santorum shared his unique brand of economics this week, when he dismissed the term “middle class” as “Marxism talk.”

Speaking at a GOP fundraiser in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Santorum repeated a claim that he made during the 2008 presidential primaries: that the U.S. does not have any classes at all.

“Don’t use the term the other side uses. What does Barack Obama talk about all the time? The middle class,” he said. “Since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a class? That’s Marxism talk.”

“When Republicans get up and talk about middle class, we’re buying into their rhetoric of dividing America. Stop it. There’s no class in America,” Santorum added.

While it’s not surprising that a man who becomes nauseous at the mention of John F. Kennedy doesn’t have a totally firm grasp on the meaning of the term “Marxism,” it’s still surprising to see Santorum attack the term “middle class.” After all, as Amanda Terkel pointed out at The Huffington Post, Santorum himself has used the term quite frequently. It appears that — as with attack ads, college education, government-backed mortgages, and a host of other issues — Little Ricky believes that “class warfare” is evil, unless it happens to benefit him directly.