March 5, 2012
On his own apology to contraception activist Sandra Fluke…
I don’t expect – and I know you don’t either – morality, intellectual honesty, from the Left. They’ve demonstrated over, and over, a willingness to say or do anything to advance their agenda. It’s what they do. It’s what we fight against here every day. But this is the mistake I made. In fighting them, on this issue last week, I became like them. Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong, I descended to their level, when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke. That was my error. I became like them. And I feel very badly about that. I’ve always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity, of independence, on this program. Nevertheless, those two words were very inappropriate, they were uncalled for, they distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make, and I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. I do not think she is either of those two words. I did not think, last week, that she is either of those two words. The apology to her, over the weekend, was sincere. It was simply for using inappropriate words in a way I never do, and in so doing, I became like the people we oppose. I ended up descending to their level. It’s important not to be like them, ever. Particularly in fighting them.