DeMint Dreams of Wilson “You Lie” Heckler Glory, Wishes it was Him

December 4, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Watching the Republican Party go off the rails into idiotic teabaggery should just be an interesting freak sideshow, but the extreme rhetoric is beginning to poison our nation’s dialogue. A steady stream of right-wing tea party propaganda is broadcast into people’s homes via Fox News twenty-four hours a day. And a growing number of Republican lawmakers are embracing the lunatic fringe element of their party like never before, including birthers, deathers and tenthers.

Which brings us to the subject of right-wing lawmaker Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who is committed to bringing down President Obama, by killing health care reform, predicting that reform will be Obama’s “Waterloo.” Now DeMint is making headlines again, with his admiration of notorious presidential heckler “You lie” Rep. Joe Willson (R-SC). DeMint is envious of the millions raised by Wilson in the wake of his unprecedented thuggery. And the fellow lawmaker from South Carolina said, that he wished he had been the one to shout down the President of the United States, to accuse him of lying at a speech during the joint session of Congress. Imagine that.

Although Wilson issued an apology to President Obama after his outburst, he refused to apologize on the House floor for his hooliganism and disrespect to the office of the president and Congress. The House ultimately voted to censure Wilson for his outrageous behavior.

At a recent event sponsored by Dick Armey of FreedomWorks, to preview a ridiculous documentary chronicling the tea party movement, DeMint told the crowd that he wished he had been the one to shout “You lie” to the President, because it showed Republicans have passion and anger:

When I heard this ‘you lie’ comment, the president turned and looked at me and I said ‘Oh no, they think it’s me,’” said DeMint. “The next day when I found it was Joe, I said ‘Oh no, he’s dead meat, they’re gonna get him.’ And a couple days later, I was saying — after he raised a few million dollars off of it — I was saying, ‘why didn’t I say that?” The lesson, he said, was to provide some “passion and anger.”

“The only reason we don’t have national health care right now,” said DeMint to the audience, “is you.”


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