Friday, August 28, 2009

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Jokes About Hunting Obama

I've been saying for quite some time now that I thought the rhetoric used by Republican leaders during the health care debate has gotten to be quite dangerous. At a time when there are people bringing assault rifles to town hall meetings, it appears as though Republican leaders now feel as though it is appropriate to joke about hunting President Obama.
An Idaho Republican gubernatorial hopeful insists he was only joking when he said he'd buy a license to hunt President Barack Obama.

Rex Rammell, a long-shot candidate slated to run against incumbent C.L. "Butch" Otter in the May 2010 GOP primary, made the comment at a Republican rally Tuesday in Twin Falls where talk turned to the state's planned wolf hunt, for which hunters must purchase an $11.50 wolf tag. The hunt is due to begin on Tuesday.

When an audience member shouted a question about "Obama tags," Rammell responded, "The Obama tags? We'd buy some of those."
It is one thing for people to express their opposition to policies, but joking about hunting the President is highly inappropriate. Unfortunately, Republican leaders and other anti-reform advocates have created an atmosphere where there is so much hatred that these types of jokes can easily lead to something horrible happening. That is why we need reasonable members of the GOP to have the moral courage to stand up against this type of rhetoric.

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