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Protesters shout down Santorum as he speaks against marriage equality in Washington state

By Igor Volsky
Think Progress
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Occupy Wall Street protesters nearly drowned out Rick Santorum for 44 minutes as he tried to deliver remarks at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington on Monday night.

Speaking from a balcony, Santorum sought to condemn the state’s newly-enacted same-sex marriage law and the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against Proposition 8, but was repeatedly interrupted by protesters yelling, “we are the 99 percent.”

Santorum told the protesters to “go out and get a job,” adding:

SANTORUM: I know this is a very important day in Washington. And in many respects a sad day for many people. We saw the law signed into here in Washington sate. But it is very important you understand what just happened in another place….in the Ninth Circuit….

“The Ninth Circuit decided that anybody that disagrees with any of these folks, anyone who disagrees with these folks when it comes to the issue if what marriage is in this country, well they are irrational. That’s what the Ninth Circuit said. They said anybody who disagrees with their decision to shoot down Prop 8 in California, they do so because they are irrational and the only possible reason they can possibly…

Before he could mischaracterize the court’s decision, however, a scuffle broke out. Police shoved two men to the ground, tased and arrested them. Santorum briefly paused in his remarks and said, “Let’s give a hand to our men and women in uniform. It’s not easy.”

He described the protesters as a “radical element” that represents “true intolerance,” but claimed that he understood “their frustration” at being left behind by “a president that doesn’t care about them.” “We got to provide an opportunity for them,” he insisted. “Instead of standing here unemployed, yelling at somebody, to go out out there and try to work for a living.” Watch videos of the event:

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19 more reader comments:

  1. This research team should have info him and It’s a fundamental right for the LDBTQ COMMUNITY

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:45am
  2. He’s a complete ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:45am
  3. Piece of shit!!!!! Smfh

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:48am
  4. good start a riot what an asshole

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:49am
  5. proud of you guys

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:50am
  6. how dare he come here and bully us…we will survive

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:55am
  7. Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:02am
  8. Good for them… Santorum is a jerk

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:02am
  9. How can he complain about intolerance, when that is what his platform is built on!?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:05am
  10. ahh he had his flip flops on last night huh?..F*ckin prick..smh

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:08am
  11. I wonder if anyone timed how fast it takes him from when he starts speaking to put his foot in his mouth.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:24am
  12. Why in the fuck are these people so power hungry and stupid

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:38am
  13. good. Fuck Santorum

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:41am
  14. santorum said washingtons solution to aprove gay marraige is not the “final” say, funny thing hitler had a “final” solution as well, and i say god luck santorum, your going to need it

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 10:48am
  15. What do you expect? He’s just another self righteous uneducated Republican hypocrite.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 11:15am
  16. Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 11:26am
  17. This is why religious conservatives should never be a candidate for president.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:23pm
  18. That was so full of hypocritism it was almost funny.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:56pm
  19. Rick santorum makes me sick to my stomach :( I am getting out of this country if he is our president! It’s so scary to even think about

    Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:56pm