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GOP Rep Says “Killing a Couple” of Democrats Only Way To Pass Ryan Budget

GOP Rep Says “Killing a Couple” of Democrats Only Way To Pass Ryan Budget

Are the infamous “2nd Amendment remedies” once advocated by former Nevada Senatorial candidate Sharron Angle coming back into vogue? Oklahoma Republican John Sullivan seems to think so, telling a town hall audience that the only way the budget proposal authored by Rep. Paul Ryan would pass is if a few Democratic Senators got shot first.

According to Talking Points Memo, Sullivan told the crowd, “Like I said, after this last election, the first order of business is pass a budget. Now, I believe that. I supported the Paul Ryan budget and sent it over to the Senate. Now I live with some Senators, I yell at them all the time, I grabbed one of them the other day and shook him and Id love to get them to vote for it boy Id love that. You know but other than me going over there with a gun and holding it to their head and maybe killing a couple of them, I dont think theyre going to listen unless they get beat.”

Sullivan has since apologized for his “poor choice of words” and, according to his spokesperson, does not “condone any form of violence as a means to fix what is broken in Washington.”

Incited by politicians and pundits, the 2010 elections saw a surge in violent outbursts, both at candidate events and, prior to that, during fights against health care reform. But politicos shied away from violent rhetoric for a long time after the assassination attempt on Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who, prior to the shooting, was pegged as a “target” with crosshairs by Sarah Palin’s PAC in the 2010 elections. But the moratorium appears to be reaching an end. Last month, five Missouri Democrats found crosshair stickers on their nameplates at their offices in Jefferson City. And the Kansas Speaker of the House was recently chastised for what some construed as “praying” for the president’s death.

With an election looming, and partisan bickering growing even more pronounced, it appears that incendiary rhetoric is making yet another return to the arena. No wonder politicians grow more unpopular every day.

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7:46PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Well, passing the Ryan budget would kill millions, both Democrats and Republicans.

Haven't you supporters of Republicans noticed that not only is everything they claim a lie, but they play the politics of sound bites, hatred and fear. Are you all so stupendously stupid that you can't see that?

7:35PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

This is getting to be a regular occurrence. In just the past few days, one republican has suggested throwing acid in the face of a democratic congresswoman. Another has said that the nuns travelling the country should be pistol whipped. Now this, shoot a couple of democratic senators. These people always say they're sorry when the press confronts them. I don't think they're sorry at all. I think that deep down in their evil republican hearts they want someone to act out and do it. Look at Glenn Beck. He was able to inspire a republican man to try and kill everyone he found at two different political organization buildings. He was headed off by San Francisco and Oakland police who stopped him after a half hour gun battle. The republicans of the Tea Party stripe regularly brandished weapons in public while holding signs that said to feed the tree of liberty with the blood of liberals. These people hesitate to make an explicit call for violence, but just barely. Let them believe that they've gained enough power and they'll drop the mask and make overt calls for violence against political enemies. People ignore this at their peril. This is exactly the way the last grand right wing experiment started out. To all the right wing traitors that work to replace our democracy with GOP Fascism, remember how that last experiment turned out. The criminals who were responsible for that right wing extravaganza met justice at the end of a rope in Nuremberg.

5:12AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

You can say and do whatever you want being a politician, but whatever you do, DO NOT WEAR A HOODIE!

8:13AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

I know two wrongs don't make a right and I also "don't condone violence" as Sullivan's spokeperson said, but I have often fantisized that the republican obstructionists would undergo the same fate.

Never forget that it was the republicans that got us into this mess to begin with and their policies have not changed at all, and still favor the rich. They have no-problem cutting Grandma's social security/medicaid benefits - which is NOT a handout, the money comes out of our paychecks throughout our lifetime. If they gain back control, the working and middle class will end up carrying the burdon vs those 1%ers that made a FORTUNE while the rest of us were loosing our jobs and homes.

6:55AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

What can one expect when one of the leading Repugs up for President is named Sanitarium.?

5:39AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

It seems to me that those comments are sufficiently inflammatory to warrant sticking that guy's sorry butt in prison for a little while. How can ANYONE vote for people like that? Then again, I recently read that ignorant people tend to be conservative.

1:20AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

"As a former prison guard, this mans comments fall under the encouragement or actions to "incite" someone to preform an act of violence against his opponents. He is equally responsible if some unhinged person took him up on his offer...."

But that's just it, there was no offer. He made a remark, saying that he cannot get his budget passed. He did not say "IF someone would kill them..." OR "killing these people would help..." His remarks were in bad taste, but that doesn't make this a threat. Obviously some think he was trying to incite violence indirectly. I won't argue that. I don't agree (b/c I'm sick & tired of PC BS) but I won't argue. The whole thing comes down to intent- almost impossible to prove in a court of law. IF he even bothered to show up. But most politicians are above the law these days...

"And also by this man saying he grabbed one of his fellow politicians and shook him is an assault, plain and simple."

Yes, that would be assault, no question. IF he actually did it. I tend to think he was just talking, or else I think someone would've pressed charges already, but maybe not...

"His death wish for his fellow congress critters is stated clearly. he wants them dead."

Where did he state he wanted anyone dead?

"This man needs to be fired-no recall or any of those other delaying tactics that keep unqualified people in their jobs. he needs to resign immediate"

I tend to agree- he should be fired. Just for saying something so stupid. But, the

6:37PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

well the republicans didn't learn their lesson about inciting crazies to kill democrats again. this man needs to immediately be releaved of his job and loose all of his benefits and pensions from his career in politics. we do not need anymore of these ignorant, red-necky, gun toting, unqualified congress critters comments like this. any other type of work he would be escorted off the premises with a security guard or two as he is a threat to society. if anything happens to any democratic politician, this man needs to be held accountable as an accessory to any violence that he instigated from his stupid rhetoric.

Robby C: as a former prison guard, this mans comments fall under the encouragement or actions to "incite" someone to preform an act of violence against his opponents. He is equally responsible if some unhinged person took him up on his offer. And that is what it is, an offer for someone to fulfill his comments to make it happen.He saying, 'that the ONLY WAY this would be passed is by someone shooting a few democrats. that is a direct threat left open to all who would follow through when you tell it to the "right' crowd. And also by this man saying he grabbed one of his fellow politicians and shook him is an assault, plain and simple. His death wish for his fellow congress critters is stated clearly. he wants them dead. this man needs to be fired-no recall or any of those other delaying tactics that keep unqualified people in their jobs. he needs to resign immediate

7:24PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Mark S- yes, it was unacceptable- maybe it could be construed that way. But I know that I expect better of a politician of either side, regardless...

Mark D- "...all Republicans without exception are interested in chaos and threats to get their way at the expense of the american people and anything alive for that matter"

Get real! "All republicans?" Yeah, right! Democrats are just as bad. Both parties are complicit in the downfall of our society. Rise above the party line division BS!

2:19PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

This kind of language is simply unacceptable. From such careless words come actions. And such language raises the level of hostility between political parties. Rather than hostility, we need cooperation between parties in order to tackle the really important problems in our country.

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