GOP Candidate for Governor: ‘Jokes’ About ‘Obama Tags’ to Hunt and Shoot the President

August 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In yet another ugly incident of Republicans becoming unhinged over the election of our first Black president, revealing their not so hidden racism, Rex Rammell, a Republican running for governor of Idaho, “joked” about buying “Obama tags” to hunt down President Barack Obama, the same way he planned to hunt gray wolves.

Rammel made his remarks at a Republican fundraiser on Tuesday in Twin Falls, Idaho, while talking about the purchase of “wolf tags” to hunt the gray wolf, which just went on sale on Monday. An audience member then shouted out a question about “Obama tags,” suggesting the purchasing of a hunting license to shoot our President.

Rammell responded, “Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.”

Rammell is a veterinarian and a former elk game rancher, who is running as a long-shot fringe candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. After the state shut down his elk ranching enterprise for poor management, he entered politics, as an Independent candidate for the Senate, capturing only 5.4% of the vote.

Rammell then changed tack and decided to run for a U.S. House seat as a Republican. He changed his mind recently and threw his hat in the ring to run for governor. Rammell is known as an extreme right-wing conservative.

According to his official Web site, he is running on a platform that includes, building nuclear power plants, the removal of all wolves from Idaho and deporting all illegal aliens.

After receiving criticism for his remarks, suggesting he would purchase a hunting license to hunt the President of the United States with a gun, he claimed, “I was just being sarcastic. That was just a joke,” Rammell said. “I would never support him being assassinated. “She[audience member] kind of caught me off guard, to be honest with you.”

Rammell didn’t leave his non-apology apology to stand, but decided to add more fuel to the fire.

He issued a sneering non-apologetic press release on Thursday, which he called a clarification saying, “Due to the large amount of press concerning his statement Dr. Rammell would like to clarify his comment:”

“Anyone who understands the law, knows I was just joking, because Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue hunting tags in Washington D.C,” wrote Rammell.

On Thursday, Rammell told the Associated Press that he was only being sarcastic and sees no need to apologize.

We live in dangerous times, with Conservatives fanning the flames of violence and racism, talking about a revolutionary overthrow of our government, with one Congressman recently praising a self-described “right-wing terrorist.” Instead of quieting down the anger, paranoia, racism and violence, Republicans are handing out pitchforks to the ugly mob.

“Jokes” about assassinating the President of the United States, have no place in our civil discourse and unless Republican leaders come out in droves to condemn Rammell’s statements, they should be considered supportive and complicit in Rammell’s murderous, “joking” and “sarcastic” comments to hunt down our President and shoot him.


One Response to “GOP Candidate for Governor: ‘Jokes’ About ‘Obama Tags’ to Hunt and Shoot the President”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 28th, 2009 4:52 pm

    I suggest we non-Republicans start selling “Republican Tags,” and I’ll get some me some trophies for my local landfill (because no one with a working brain wants GOP in his house – no even dead GOP).

    By the way, I am NOT a Democrat. I’m not a racist, either, however.

    If the stinking GOP racists want to act like enemies of the nation, it’s time they moved someplace where their attitudes are considered normal. They might be happier in Tehran, or North Korea, or perhaps Somalia. Meanwhile, the rest of us can try to rebuild what’s left of America after eight years of GOP cronyism destroyed our economy.

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