from an interview by 30-minute interview with Drew Petrimoulx, posted March 6 as a Web extra at Arkansasmatters.com. Harris is answering a question about whether he adopted the girls for political gain:
Editor’s note: Justin Harris isn’t doing himself any favors in this interview. This should be the point where his attorney advised him to just shut the hell up.
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“That’s sad. I have three beautiful boys. My family is complete. We wanted to add children who needed a home. These girls were broken, and because of the traumatic situation, they now have been broken even more. They are in a great home now, with a great family, and Marsha and I are grateful for that. But I do not need to adopt to have political gain. I can go home and know that I’ve done what I needed to do politically. I’ve always been who I am. I don’t have to have adoption to make any political gains. I think that’s just not okay. My family is complete. Adoption was going to make it completer, so we could help people. We had severely mentally challenged children that we were not aware of, DHS did not make us aware of it. We’re not the victims. The children are. And I want to make that clear. And that needs to be the focus. And I think they lost the focus, the media–not you guys, but the ones that started the story. It was not about the girls. It was not about rehoming. It was about me. That’s why that question is being asked. Because if this was about rehoming, really about the victims, then that’s where the focus would be.”