GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow writes a firm rebuke of Rick Santorum's praise of income inequality during a recent speech in Detroit. Blow says the tone-deaf comment comes at a time when Detroit is facing the highest poverty rate of any big city in America.

“Santorum Praises Income Inequality.”

That was Fox News’s headline about Rick Santorum’s speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday. Santorum said, “I’m not about equality of result when it comes to income inequality. There is income inequality in America. There always has been and, hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be.”

Unbelievable. Maybe not, but stunning all the same.

Then again, Santorum is becoming increasingly unhinged in his public comments. Last week, he said that the president was arguing that Catholics would have to “hire women priests to comply with employment discrimination issues.”

Also last week, he suggested that liberals and the president were leading religious people into oppression and even beheadings. I kid you not. Santorum said: “They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine.”

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Yet for Santorum to champion income inequality in Detroit, of all places, is still incredibly tone-deaf.

Read Charles M. Blow's entire column at the New York Times.