The first question at a Georgia town hall forum was “Who is going to shoot the president?” And rather than immediately condemn the remark, the Representative hosting the event simply segued into a talking point.
Via Talking Points Memo:
An audience member at a town hall hosted by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) on Tuesday asked the Tea Party congressman who was going to shoot President Barack Obama.
The unidentified town hall attendee’s question got a big laugh from the audience, reports Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald.
But Broun didn’t exactly condemn the remark, according to the newspaper report.
“The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year,” Broun said in response to the question. “Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Questions about shooting any politician after what happened to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscon is repulsive. But asking about the president of the United States? And an audience responding in laughter? I’m truly, truly scared for my country.
TPM notes that the FBI is not commenting on a potential investigation of the remark.
UPDATED: Rep. Broun has now released a statement condemning the remarks as saying he was too “stunned” to do so at the time.