CNN's Santorum apologizes for saying ‘bulls--t’ on air in heated Kavanaugh segment

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Thursday apologized after saying "bullsh--t" on the air on CNN during a heated debate on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In response to a question about Kavanaugh possibly having a memory lapse due to alcohol regarding sexual assault allegations against him by Christine Blasey Ford, Santorum said he doesn't “buy that” and called the idea “bulls--t.”

“I just don’t buy that,” Santorum retorted impatiently to CNN "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. “Sorry. Bullsh--t. I’m just saying, it’s just ridiculous.”

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In a tweet not long after the segment aired, Santorum apologized for using profanity, but stood by the substance of his argument.

“I apologize to the anchors on @CNN @NewDay and the viewers for using profanity during the show. No excuses,” he said.  “Stand by substance of what I said, but not how I said it.”

Santorum's comments come as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan NRA says Trump administration memo a 'non-starter' Barr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday morning there’s no corroboration of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh per a supplementary FBI report submitted to the Senate after a six-day investigation.

Santorum joined CNN as a contributor in Jan. 2017 shortly before President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE took office.