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Friday, February 25, 2011

Just Another Isolated Incident

Lovely people.

An elderly man at a Tuesday night meeting asked the Republican from Georgia, “Who is going to shoot Obama?”

Well, he was elderly, could have been from that generation of southrons where killling uppity Negros was socially acceptable. And the crowd laughed! Here's U.S. Representative Paul Broun's response at the time:

The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president,” Broun responded, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. “We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president … who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Now that the heat is on, Broun is singing a slightly different tune:

He said, “I was stunned by the question and chose not to dignify it with a response; therefore, at that moment, I moved on to the next person with a question. He added, “After the event, my office took action with the appropriate authorities. I deeply regret that this incident happened at all. Furthermore, I condemn all statements — made in sincerity, or jest — that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the president of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Better, but he had the chance to call out violent rhetoric at the time, and to the face of the speaker, and blew it. Of course, when Broun types tweets like this:

“Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution,” he wrote. “You believe in socialism.”

can you blame his more violent constituants?

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