If America wants to rid itself of racism, it should rid itself of Planned Parenthood, according to Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
During an appearance on the Simon Conway Show in Des Moines, Iowa, the former senator was asked to comment on the undercover video that showed a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies.
Santorum said he agreed with the field of GOP presidential candidates who have called for an investigation into the abortion provider, adding that America needs to remember the racist origins of Planned Parenthood.
“If you want to scrub all racism from America, let’s start with Planned Parenthood because it was started by a racist named Margaret Sanger,” Santorum said.
Sanger believed in using birth control and sterilization as part of the eugenics movement, and started Planned Parenthood to help “cull out the undesirables, including blacks in America,” according to Santorum.
“You want to go back and take down the Confederate flag? Let’s take down Planned Parenthood,” he said, adding that the recent video is just the latest in a long list of disgusting actions.
Santorum also slammed Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton for her strong admiration of Sanger, saying he hopes she “won’t get away with it.”
Although the recent undercover tapes have brought attention to the disturbing culture of the abortion industry, Santorum said he’s not confident Planned Parenthood will face any consequences from Democrat supporters.
Much like Hillary Clinton “gets away” with supporting a known eugenicist and racist, Margaret Sanger.
“If you’re a liberal, you can get away with anything,” Santorum told Conway.
Correction: This article originally reported that Santorum made his comments while visiting Illinois. The article has been corrected to reflect that he was in Des Moines, Iowa.