Rick Santorum Claims California Universities Are Ruining America

Today at a campaign event in Wisconsin, Republican presidential hopeful and jellybean fan Rick Santorum attempted to demonize California for eroding the values of Heartland, America.

Santorum, who also believes that Obama was effectively brainwashing kids by sending them to college, claimed today that California Universities are partially responsible for ruining this country because they don’t teach American History. Which is, of course, a completely incorrect statement.

Here’s Santorum himself, on CNN this afternoon:

And here’s that bag of wind transcribed:

I was just reading something last night from the state of California. And that the California universities – I think it’s seven or eight of the California system of universities don’t even teach an American history course. It’s not even available to be taught. 

Just to tell you how bad it’s gotten in this country. Where we’re trying to disconnect the American people from the roots of who we are, so they have an understanding of what America should be.

As liberal blog Think Progress points out, the only school in the UC system that doesn’t offer American History courses is UCSF right here in San Francisco. It doesn’t offer any American History courses because it is, in fact, a medical school. According to a spokeswoman for the UC system, every undergraduate program is required to study American history.

Stay tuned for Santorum’s next speech, in which he reminds us he never intended that to be understood as a factual statement.

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