Santorum: Tim Cook 'Should Get Up And Give An Apology'

To Indiana

Possible Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was on Thursday's Hugh Hewitt Show; the main topic of discussion was Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act ​ (RFRA). Santourum felt that his "dear friend" Mike Pence backpeddled because of the outside pressure regarding Indiana's RFRA; he blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook, saying, "Mr. Cook should get up and give an apology to the people who he offended, and there are many, and particularly in the state of Indiana."

Hewitt: Okay, given that context, is Governor Mike Pence of Indiana backpedaling right now?

Santorum: Mike’s a dear friend, and I really mean that. He is a dear friend. I’m disappointed to see that the corporate community has just launched on him and has created an atmosphere that he has backpedaled a little bit, and it’s unfortunate. There’s nothing wrong with the Indiana law. If you look at Asa Hutchinson, I mean, Asa made a very minor tweak to the bill in Arkansas and signed it today. I congratulate him on that. He just simply copied the federal law, which is a pretty safe place to be. Mike could do the same thing, and this issue hopefully would be behind him. And I hope that at a maximum, he does that.

Hewitt: So if he were in fact just to adopt the federal RFRA, which has existed for 22 years as the law of the District of Columbia, federal city, without one instance of the discrimination cited by Tim Cook and others…

Santorum: Right

Hewitt: …that would not be backpedaling, but it would be acceptable to you?

Santorum: Well, I think at this point, clearly he’s made the commitment to change the law, and this would be a change that would be in keeping with protecting religious liberties of Kosher delis who aren’t going to be forced to serve ham sandwiches, or Sikhs who aren’t going to be forced to shave their beard because the employer doesn’t like it. I mean, that’s what this law has been used, is to protect people from religious discrimination, not to allow people to discriminate.

Later in the conversation they addressed Apple CEO Tim Cook, who wrote an op-ed "blasting Indiana," but at present was opening Apple stores in Saudi Arabia where homosexuality is punishable by death

Hewitt: Does Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, have a consistency problem? I invited him on the show. His PR people turned me down. He’s opening stores in Saudi Arabia.

Santorum: Of course.

Hewitt: And he’s blasting Indiana.

Santorum: That was one of the most outrageous columns I think I’ve ever read in my life. I mean, Mr. Cook should get up and give an apology to the people who he offended, and there are many, and particularly in the state of Indiana, and recognize that the little splinter in their eye is nothing compared to the log in his.

 

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