After an audience member shouted a question about “Obama tags” during a discussion on wolves, Rammell responded, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.”
Rammell, a veterinarian and former elk rancher from Idaho Falls, said his comment was a joke and he would never seriously talk about President Obama that way, although he doesn’t support anything Obama’s done as president.
“I was just being sarcastic. That was just a joke,” Rammell said. “I would never support him being assassinated.
A joke? Rammell had just blasted the incumbent governor for not getting a “wolf tag,” which would have allowed the Governor to hunt and kill a wolf. Yeah, that’s the context for the joke about “Obama tags.”
This is insane. I’ve never heard this kind of talk tolerated before. It’s not a joke. It’s not funny. And, GOP leaders should be speaking out about this appalling behavior. But, it’s coming from the GOP base — and GOP leaders will never challenge their base.