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Tony Perkins tries to tie Elliot Rodger to Obamacare

The leader of the far-right Family Research Council says Rodger's misogynistic entitlement is liberals' fault


Elias Isquith
May 29, 2014 10:30PM (UTC)

In the days following the horrible massacre perpetrated by Elliot Rodger at University of California, Santa Barbara, people across the political sphere have been notably reticent to try to use the incident as a vehicle to forward their ideological hobbyhorses.

Well, that period of discretion is now over. According to Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, the Isla Vista murders weren't caused so much by misogyny or the prevalence of guns, but rather due to Hollywood and Obamacare.

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"You know, it was interesting that some have blamed Hollywood for this macho, male encouragement of violence," Perkins said during his radio show on Tuesday. "But nothing's being said about how we — Hollywood, I should say — has sexualized everything."

"It's almost like Obamacare," Perkins continued. "You have a right to healthcare; you have a right to sexual gratification, almost."

To recap: Tony Perkins believes Hollywood's reliance on sex, and Obamacare's reliance on people's belief that citizens of the wealthiest nation in the world should not go without decent healthcare, is at least partially to blame for Elliot Rodger's heinous crimes. Why? Because.

You can hear Perkins share his theory below, via Right Wing Watch:


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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