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Why Is Rick Santorum Comparing Himself To Nelson Mandela?

Rick Santorum has raised plenty of eyebrows by comparing his work to that of Nelson Mandela. Just 24 hours after the human rights icon died at the age of 95, the conservative politician compared Mandela’s crusade against the repressive apartheid regime to his own conquest against the Affordable Care Act.

“[Mandela] was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives,” said Santorum while speaking on The O’Reilly Factor. “Obamacare is front and center in that.”

Bill O’Reilly also declared repeatedly in the interview that Mandela was a Communist, even though he had denied being a member of that party on several occasions throughout his life. But despite this, Santorum backed O’Reilly up on his false statements.

“Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that, and that’s the reason he’s mourned today,” said Santorum. “But you’re right, what he was advocating for wasn’t necessarily the right answer.” The comments were somewhat surprising because Santorum’s cousins in Italy have said in previous interviews that his immigrant grandfather was a Communist.

Unsurprisingly, Santorum was slammed for his comments after the interview aired. Actress Martha Plimpton took to Twitter and wrote that “there is quite possibly no one on Earth who is a bigger douche b than Rick Santorum. He’s literally the world biggest douche b…It’s such a bore & SO predictable.”

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