Bennett, on his radio show, “Morning in America,” was answering a caller’s question when he took issue with the hypothesis put forth in a recent book that one reason crime is down is that abortion is up.
“But I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down,” said Bennett, author of “The Book of Virtues.”
He went on to call that “an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.”
From the Washington Post.
I’m glad that the defender of Virtue realizes genocide is immoral. Kudos to him. Rock on. Always good to see that in a right-wing moralizing pundit and Republican heavyweight.
Disappointing that he thinks that genocide of blacks in America would be an effective, if morally reprehensible and ridiclous and impossible, way to reduce crime.
(UPDATE: Most excellent summary of the incident, the spin and backpedaling and outright lies Bennett’s defenders have come up with, and other stuff, in Slate.)