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GA Townhall Questioner Asks “Who’s Going To Shoot Obama?” [UPDATED]

GA Townhall Questioner Asks “Who’s Going To Shoot Obama?” [UPDATED]

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.

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9:52AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Best president, by far. People REALLY listening to him will know that.

As my brother said years ago,"The only thing wrong with Atlanta, is it's surrounded by the rest of Georgia!"

P. S. If you've got an itchy trigger-finger, go after that 'moose' in Alaska !!

To all: Times are tense. Nonetheless, the system works, if we work the system. NO GUNS - elect statesman, NOT Politicians !!

2:42AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Kathleen- so having all but one news source singing liberal BS agenda isn't enough? And "faux news" - how cute :-)

BO, Reid, Pelosi, & that racist POS Eric Holder, are just as greedy, deceptive, & corrupt as any republican. And since BO found out how to print his own money, OUR dollars all got weaker- that's Inflation 10-fu&*ing-1.

I know the repubs were mostly responsible for the despicable patriot act, but democrats have done just as much damage to the consitution- and are trying to do plenty more. Bush put us in cross-hairs & BO is pulling the trigger. And violent rhetoric is 50 fu&*ing 50 from both sides!

The top democrats are as rich as the top republicans. People are so blind, they think dems are for the common man! What a LAUGH! They'll keep blood-sucking unions in power forever & use $^#t panthers to control voting booths.

I know, it's always the "sniff sniff- mean ol' 'publicans." Like the tax reduction extensions- for EVERYONE. Liberals keep slinging BS "the rich got breaks & the poor did not" which is just a lie. 2011 tax brackets were almost identical as in 2010, only bracket max's were all raised a tiny bit, for EVERYONE.

Again, liberals are just as full of inciteful violence.

7:04PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Seriously Robby? I don't know where your get your faux news but you are so far off base here, it's unreal. The Democrats could never get away witht he crap the Republicans are pulling and your assertion the liberals are as bad as the Gop is absurd. There are always going to be creeps, no matter what the affiliation but, there is no comparison to what the right has pulled and even worse, what they've gotten away with.

1:07AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

Not very professional, but then liberal rhetoric is just as violent as rightwing. That said, both sides need to clean up their act a bit...

9:37PM PST on Mar 1, 2011

Human evolution ...... I guess a few people missed the boat. There should be serious consequences for those responsible for hate-speech - but I certainly thought it was against the law to threaten another's life.

9:27PM PST on Mar 1, 2011

It was not funny! I hate Tea party people!

7:06PM PST on Mar 1, 2011

The culture of blame ... in respect of an INHERITED problem ...

6:21AM PST on Mar 1, 2011

I hope you will send boehners email www.johnboehner.com to your friends and urge them to do the same. It seems the GOP has put it's agenda before nation's business and welfare..The Koch Brothers, big banks and other large corporations own him and the other GOP leaders.

12:46PM PST on Feb 28, 2011

What does anyone expect from the Rabid Reich! These jerk offs are so incredibly hostile and disrespectful of democratic presidents. I remember when Bill Clinton was elected. Before the man ever took office, the wing nuts had bumper stickers that read, "Impeach Billary." Throughout Presidents Clinton's time in office, republicans never missed a chance to demonstrate their contempt and disrespect for him. When one of their own is criticized, no matter how justified the criticism may be, they scream like victims. Tea Baggers, republicans are nothing but a bunch of violent, thin-skinned hypocrites.

10:13AM PST on Feb 28, 2011

I am a little more than sick and tired of the GOP ignoring the seriousness of the kind of speech from audience members. The Republicans have not simply ignore, they've incited this kind of activity of attendees of political functions. When it is not seriously responded to (as in arrest and investigation) the speech is regarded as acceptable and then actions replace words.

This crap must be stopped and politicians who ignore this kind of hate speech should be censured in the Senate.

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