GOP congressman silent while racist Tea Partyer calls for Obama assassination

Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma was at a Tea Party event with constituents a few weeks ago when a woman went off about how President Obama needed to be killed.

The woman explained some bizarre conspiracy theory about the President “shipping” Muslims into our country through pilots and commercial jets.” She then exlained that, of course, President Obama needs to be executed as an enemy combattant.

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All the while, Bridenstine looked on and offered no disagreement, or recognition of the fact that the woman had potentially just committed a crime.

“Obama, he’s not president, as far as I’m concerned, he should be executed, he’s an enemy combatant… the Muslims that he is shipping into our country though pilots and commercial jets… what’s, what this… I can’t tell you, I can’t say, because this is a public place, this guy is a criminal, and nobody’s stopping him.”

RightWingWatch, which discovered the Bridenstine video, has more on the “shipping Muslims” conspiracy. It’s, of course, based on the notion that President Obama is a secret Muslim, and therefore has stealth plans to ship 50 to 100 million Muslims from the Middle East to America, so that he can turn our “Christian” nation into a “Muslim” one.

So, in fact, the woman was being racist too. And not a peep from Rep. Bridenstine.

The event is illustrative of just how taken-over by extremists the GOP has become.  Racism, and overt calls for the President’s death, are all ignored by Republican congressmen who will do anything to curry favor with the fringe that now controls their party.

Two weeks after the event, after facing a lot of criticism for remaining silent, Congressman Bridenstine did what any good Republican would do: He took umbrage at the fact that anyone would be upset at his silence in the face of a call for the assassination of the President:

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Yes, how dare anyone criticize a US congressman for sitting there and not saying a word when a constituent tells them that the President of the United States should be killed.  It’s a sign of how extreme the GOP has become that Bridenstine thinks it’s outrageous that anyone would expect him to counter the woman’s racist, extremist rhetoric.  Even John McCain, during the 2008 campaign, stopped a woman at a campaign event from calling President Obama “an Arab.”  But that was six years ago.  Oh how the party has changed.

Oh, and when you watch the video, listen to Bridenstine closely.  You might be surprised to find out that he’s virulently opposed to gay marriage as well.  (Will the rightwing ever find a “defender of marriage” who doesn’t come across like a BOG?)


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  • Bobo

    People under 70 need to show up at the polls a little more often.

  • Mark McDonald

    ok a story about “some Lady” who is nameless, faceless and the story claims that she is a Tea Party Member, hey did the IRS write this story of someone in the white house?

  • Bob Nordberg

    At the 11: minute point in this video you will learn how we the USA have contracted out to the UN and the OIC (57 ISLAMIC DICTATORS) who it is and is not a person the USA considers a refugee worth saving…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5zzYbBz94I

  • Bob Nordberg

    NONE, ZERO, ZILCH of the Christians being slaughtered in Syria are being offered refuge status in the USA! Only Muslim Terrorist (who Obama just changed the rules for) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5zzYbBz94I

    I do not even know who we are any more,,,,,

  • Bob Nordberg

    Should this woman have said this in public?…No…..Was she right about the facts?…Yes!

  • Bob Nordberg

    In Syria we are arming those who are slaughtering Christians http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5zzYbBz94I

  • Bob Nordberg

    Of the thousands of Christians around the world please show me any evidence this President is helping them in any way what so ever! http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=christians+in+sirya+slaughtered&FORM=HDRSC3

  • Bob Nordberg

    Obama went to Kenya and backed Odinga stirring up a civil war that killed 600 Christians…..Not one was offered asylum in USA…..Obama backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who then killed thousands of Coptic Christians….Not one was offered asylum in the USA…..INSTEAD….Obama blamed one living in the USA for causing the 9/11 attack in Libya…..A LIE…….Next Obama started funding with $ and weapons Terrorist in Syria (the same jihad terrorist we are fighting around the world) in Syria causing thousands of Christians there to get slaughtered…..Not one offered asylum in the USA……….THOSE WITH THERE HEAD IN THE SAND DO NOT SEE THE TREND HERE BUT THE REST OF US DO!

  • vonlmo

    I could call for Bridenstine’s death but as he is a Federal official he is protected by special hate crime legislation. Hence the FBI would knock on my door. Nevertheless Congresman B would never vote for hate crime legislation against gays & lesbians. Did you notice that Bridenstine’s head was nodding in agreement while that woman was speaking? That was a lot more than the “stand there” heading states.

  • pappyvet

    “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” Abraham Lincoln

  • ComradeRutherford

    Well, yeah.

    He can’t speak against that because the Republican Voter Base will turn against him if he does not agree with assassinating Democratic President, and he can’t openly say yes, because – for now – threatening Democratic Presidents is still illegal.

    But with the Democrats sitting out the 2014 mid-term elections to make sure the GOP gets the Congressional Majority, and the intending to lose 2016 by running Fake Dem Hillary Clinton, it will soon be legal to go ahead and assassinate any Democrat.

  • ckg1

    Becca: The initial story ALWAYS gets some play, but there’s no follow-up. At least none that we’re aware of.

  • vickif

    I’m 68 and I’m very trustworthy.

  • BlueIdaho

    He did it for the same reason Greg Abbott did it yesterday with Ted Nugent. They know they can’t win an election without the support of the right wing extremists.

  • Anonymous

    Journalists not pointing out lies? They invent lies with misleading headlines. They imply false meanings by taking things entirely out of context. And forget about captions or explanations of pictures and videos. They will hide any facts and leave you to gather everything from what they want you to see.

  • NCMan

    ” It’s a sign of how extreme the GOP has become that Bridenstine thinks
    it’s outrageous that anyone would expect him to counter the woman’s
    racist, extremist rhetoric.”

    It’s kind of in the same vein as the indignation we get when we ask journalists why they publish the lies of politicians without actually pointing out that they are lies.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    How do you know it hasn’t? You presume much.

  • ckg1

    Then why hasn’t it happened yet?

  • ckg1

    Because IOKIYAR. THAT’s why.

  • HelenRainier

    He’s correct in one thing — he can’t control WHAT other people say. However, his own inaction silently condoned this woman’s erroneous thoughts. HE could have told her what was wrong about what she said. I don’t buy his flimsy attempt at not taking any responsibility for his own actions.

  • confused ex republican

    Hmm. Makes you wonder why we are looking for terrorists outside our own backyards….Now didn’t a senator I believe from Arizona get shot in the head by one of these yahoo’s who believes everything anybody says that they want to hear. America we paid for him to attend that meeting and as long as they receive a check from the US Government, they need to obey our laws. Just like when Bush was appointed president by the supreme court, or gun control, or religious freedom. If as a country we spent as much time making the largest expense in America work…healthcare…this program would be more forward movinv and successful. Of course without any doctor, nurse or any healthcare professional substantiating a winning solution. This plan has been thwarted by the almighty dollar…digress didnt the vicepresident overcharge us in Iraq. Halliburton…just a thought

  • Anonymous

    Yet Obama’s opposition, Palin, could put him in crosshairs.

  • Anonymous

    The fittest for survival tend to get killed by the dumb yet strong. Hope this trend reverses, but we haven’t got to that point yet.

  • 2karmanot

    yep Just look at Kansas.

  • 2karmanot

    Why should be trust anyone under seventy?

  • Anonymous

    Living on the gov’t dole (SS)…tsk tsk…

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I was going for ‘ole’ and ‘gurl’ but that works too :)

  • http://liberawheeler.blogspot.com/ Elijah Jacob Shalis

    Why is it that Congressman only hold their meetings during the day when only old people can attend? They should ask people under 70 for their opinion as well.

  • Anonymous

    No wonder they are against psychology, like any other cult. They would all be in straight jackets.

  • Anonymous

    Once you learn they never play fair…you’ve learned all you need to know.

  • Anonymous

    Democrats are the last people fighting for democracy against the plutocrats and rights-abolishers. Push has come to shove. I only wish we had done something sooner.

  • Anonymous

    I think a Teabagger said something like that too, in regards to wemon…

  • Anonymous

    Live by the sword, you die by it. Now they are turning the dagger on each other. They’ve let a bunch of idiots sabotage their party. There’s no stopping it now. They look like obsolete clowns in an advanced society

  • Anonymous

    Yes and do you know why? Because we are overrun with idiots who have no comprehension of the real problems in society. They look at the lowest-hanging fruits. We call those people conservatives. Sorry but I will always associate their over-generalizing, emotional ideas with a low IQ.

  • Betty4440

    well it has been reported ob wants 80 thousand this year alone. and by the end of 2016 he does want 100 million muslims in the USA. you aren’t keeping up on things have you.

  • gfjmcginnis

    I am so tired of reading stories like this. Just threatening to assassinate the president is a class D felony (See: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/871). Why is nobody being charged when they commit this crime.

  • Fat Hubie

    …or at least a brain.

  • Anonymous

    To Republicans, “crazy” is everyone that doesn’t agree with you. If a man tells me he sees a flying unicorn then I’m going to call him insane. This idiot and his conspiracy theories are illogical and invariably without evidence. Then again these are the same people that believe religious law should be used to kill nonbelievers.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure they are listening – after all, they are already out with pitchforks when a Dem makes a slight put-down. How about that political correctness? It’s only bad when Republicans lose their free speech. Calling a Dem a retard is just free speech, calling a Republican a retard needs to be banned, right? They just take for granted that we prefer the high road and don’t stoop to their shitty level.

  • emjayay

    He isn’t afraid of their threats of violence, but of losing the teabagger contingent. And her beliefs are just a slight exaggeration of his anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve learned that conspiracy theories are the default tactic for Republicans. It’s a euphemism for lying and brainwashing the public. They spread incorrect facts in their bubble and use them to justify everything they do. What a bunch of sheep they are. You can tell everyone that it’s legal to kill the president and have a well-wrought excuse, but that doesn’t make it true. Anyone with common sense knows that. Compare this to criminals in prison, who consistently are unable to realize they did anything wrong. If you can’t admit a lie to yourself, you’re halfway to insanity – no sense of judgment or reality.
    Again, compare this to Russians and you realize that we are not THAT far ahead.

  • emjayay

    OK, the lady is insane and the congressguy is an evil tool. But concern about people moving to the US who have a conception of women, gay people, government, and society from the other side of the world from about a millenium ago before the the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and the past century for that matter isn’t unfounded. And these attitudes are not just cultural but maintained and reinforced by religion. Overall culture is a sum total of how everyone thinks.

  • emjayay

    Well, there are some places like that now. Mostly cheap cold places the other people left.

  • Marshalldoc

    All this is window-dressing for the bottom line fact that all these idiots (no insult to real idiots intended) wake up each morning with the same thought screeching through their brains like fingernails on a blackboard… “There A N****R in the White House!!!” It’s racism, pure & simple.

  • silas1898

    The government keeps them in secret, closed cities in Federal forests and gives them free everything. These cities are hidden better than Area 51.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And quite often results in a visit from the Secret Service or FBI.

  • kevinbenett

    Gotta luv the brains of the Republican base, tee hee

  • nicho

    No, but it is against the law.

  • HolyMoly

    50 to 100 million of them! That’d be one heck of a secret conspiracy, considering that we might actually NOTICE! Did the 2010 Census show a dramatic increase of, say, 25 million or so, outside of the normal pace of population increase? At that rate, one in seven of the homes on my street should be owned by Muslims by now.

  • 2karmanot

    knee caps and eyebrows are considered instruments of, you know—the devil.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And yet not one word from these hypocrites about what Obama’s predecessor did in office.

  • nicho

    More likely he’s just a coward. Most conservatives are.

  • eternaloptimist1971

    Isn’t demanding the assassination of the United President punishable as an act of Treason?

  • Ramon Martinez Jr
  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Actually, one recent-ish event is what jumped out at me as pointing toward the possible break-up of the Republican party: The SOTU response speeches.

    The GOP used to speak with one voice in rebuttal on that night. Just one. This last time there were what? Four or five rebuttal speeches? And while some of them shared talking points, they diverged widely from one another.

    And now they have Tea Bagging bottle-lobbers like Cruz and Rand Paul openly defying their own leadership. As near as I can tell, there now several ‘wings’ of the Republican party.

  • 2karmanot

    He could that told her that her vinyl wig was attracting bad vibs from El-Qaeda.

  • 2karmanot

    Darwin weeps

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Theoretically, it’s already broken up. All the actual Republicans have been kicked out. All that is left are the crazies and their appeasers.

  • 2karmanot

    And considering John McCain that says a lot.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Half off burqas… wait… aren’t they supposed to cover everything? I’m so confused.

  • 2karmanot

    We’ll know it’s true when Macy’s has Ramadan sales featuring galabeyas and burkas.

  • 2karmanot

    That works

  • emjayay

    “Lawless” was the wordmeister concocted focus group approved Republican word of the week. He also did not object to anything she said in his press release statement, only mentioning “inappropriate language.”

  • 2karmanot

    It makes sense when one considers that Oklahoma (Where the winds come whipping from the plains and the corn grows as high as a GOP thigh) is America’s version of Belarus.

  • Ninong

    Why? How about because he agrees with her? Didn’t you watch the video clip?
    After she said that President Obama “has no authority” and that Congress was doing nothing to stop him, Rep. Bridenstine spoke directly to that woman and said, “Look, everybody knows the lawlessness of this president. He picks and chooses which laws he’s going to enforce or not enforce. He does it by decree. When he can’t create a law through Congress, then he uses the bureaucracy of the executive branch to create rules and regulations by executive order, and ultimately when it comes to… ah, when he can’t even get that done, then he uses foreign bodies. He uses, uh, you know, the United Nations to try to change the laws in the United States.”
    All of that was said directly to the crazy woman who accused the president of importing muslims into this country as pilots on commercial flights and said he should be executed as a foreign combatant. So, actually, Rep. Bridenstine fully agreed with the crazy woman’s complaints about the president, while not addressing her proposed solution. Not once did he contradict anything she said. He fully supported everything she said without saying anything about executing the president as a foreign combatant. Bridenstine did call the president “lawless” and say that he uses “foreign bodies” to get things done in the United States when Congress won’t do what he wants.

  • GlennF

    John said:
    “Racism, and overt calls for the President’s death, are all ignored by Republican congressmen who will do anything to curry favor with the fringe that now controls their party.”

    Let’s not forget that the MAINSTREAM MEDIA also largely ignores when these extremist right-wing tea-baggers make threatening comments at public events against the President.

    This particular incident happened WEEKS AGO and this is the first I’ve heard or read about it. Can you imagine how fast one of the big mainstream media networks or papers would be on top of this kind of story if the situation were reversed and a Democrat made the same kind of threatening comment against a Republican major public office holder?

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    The Republican party has never had anything to gain by courting the crazy teabagger element, but they did it anyway, because they felt their “enthusiasm” was more important than a policy platform that actually worked for the country. Which all continues to serve as a convenient distraction to their hostile corporate takeover of government.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I think it means “Big Old Gay.” But I could be wrong.

  • Lawerence Collins

    The facts had been reversed, the GOP would be calling for the removal of the person from office! This just further illustrates how truly shameless these, demonic, soulless sociopathic, Rethuglican zombie sheeple are! Their faux outrage at the Cheerios commercial was just another time for them to cry victim! Even more sad that Democrats fall for their crocidile tears!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I think cowardice is pretty much a given, either way one looks at it. Either a coward for being such a pants-wetting freakout case to be terrorized by the mere existence Muslims. Or a coward for knowing better and failing to object when a delusional loony calls for bloody revolution and the assassination of a sitting president.

    One thing is for sure: The Republican party and their wingnut media mouthpieces have been encouraging these loonies, egging them on to ever greater degrees of insanity and violent rhetoric.

  • goulo

    “(Will the rightwing ever find a “defender of marriage” who doesn’t come across like a BOG?)”

    OK, I give up; what is a “BOG” in this context?

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bog
    http://www.abbreviations.com/BOG

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Well, there is another option, which isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility. Brindenstine is a supreme coward. He was too scared to be honest with his own constituents, and stand up to them, because he knew that their threats of violence would turn to him in an instant if he dared show even a hint that he wasn’t in lock-step with their pitchforks and torches rally. You don’t want to be the one speaking out at the lynch mob. Or, more likely, some combination agreement and cowardice.

  • 2patricius2

    As the maxim goes “qui tacet consentire” – silence gives consent. There is no excuse for this man to say nothing in a situation such as that.

  • Number Six

    and approval.

  • jomicur

    Why would a member of Congress, sworn to uphold the Constitution, speak up to counter someone who is advocating a major crime? Gee, I wonder.

  • cole3244

    why the dems don’t call the gop out about their real agenda is confusing, i presume they are afraid of losing the con white vote, they won’t get it and shouldn’t even want it if that agenda (bigotry) is attached to it.

  • jomicur

    His remarks after the woman shut up can’t really be interpreted as anything other that agreement with her lunatic ramblings.

  • 4th Turning

    Just don’t reach inside your coat for your glasses or phone…

  • dcinsider

    I really wish he would stop the importing of the Muslims on commercial aircraft though. :)

  • moelarryandjesus

    Just another ho hum, everyday exchange between two mainstream Republicans.

  • caphillprof

    As Thomas Moore would remind you: silence is consent.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I do remember. And whatever else I’ve thought of McCain (most of it not good), I had to allow that he does have some decency and honor.

    This is the Republican party now though: No limit to crazy, nor to overt calls for violence, mayhem, and revolution.

    I find myself hoping the party breaks up sooner rather than later…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So Bridenstine doesn’t ‘approve or condone’ the crazy seditious remarks — but did not find it in himself to object to those remarks when they were made.

    As Indigo indicates below (and I’ll expand upon), silence implies both consent and agreement.

    I think we all know that there’s nothing a raving Tea Bagger can say that will cause a GOPer nowadays to object. McCain is among the last of a dying breed of Republican who apparently has a limit to how much crazy he’ll tolerate.

  • Indigo

    Silence gives consent.

  • Strepsi

    To your last point: I know, I truly wish more Democrats would grow a ball or two, and a spine.

  • Strepsi

    Honey if the Tea Party Republicans did not engage with crazy people they’d have no constituents!

    But I accept the Congressman’s word that he can not say anything about the public’s remarks, and I trust he will not say anything if someone shows up and calls him a treasonous racist who should be jailed.

  • nicho

    If any of these statements or threats were made against W or is daddy someone would be in jail getting waterboarded.

    During W’s maladministration, people were arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts.

  • WakeUpAmerica

    To be fair, why would he engage in conversation with an obviously crazy person. There would be nothing to gain.

  • http://liberawheeler.blogspot.com/ Elijah Jacob Shalis

    I should have read the rest of the post but I couldn’t stand to watch the video all the way, it makes me cringe.

  • Silver_Witch

    When you feed wolves they tend to come back to feed again. The Republican party has been feeding these “wolves” for a very long time and they know if they try to control them they will be eaten. Now the Party will reap what it has sown….

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Remember, John McCain was booed for daring to suggest Obama was a “decent person” and “not an Arab”. And people in the crowd shouted that he was a liar, and that Obama was a terrorist. At another event a few days later he said he respected Obama, and was booed again. This is the Republican party that Karl Rove and the Koch brothers wanted, and they got it.

    Brindenstine didn’t speak out, because he agrees. He didn’t give his opinion on the matter, because he didn’t need to, it was already spoken for him.

  • lynchie

    The GOP keeps upping the ante by letting these terrorists make threats, make racist remarks and call for the overthrow of our country. If any of these statements or threats were made against W or is daddy someone would be in jail getting waterboarded. To stand by and say nothing is to give agreement to the statement or action. No one on the right wants to put a stop to it because they think this will solidify their “base”. The poor and elderly need to get a clue that the right does give a shit about them. Wants to take the last grubby nickle out of their hands and then kick them to the curb. At our coffee meeting at the Y this morning we had a new member who started this same line of bull shit. We all agreed that he should leave and never return. There were right middle and left members in attendance. After 6 years these lunatics still don’t accept he was elected President twice. They lost. Hell 18% think the world is flat. 50% believe in creationism. These same people want everyone armed with guns to prevent the takeover by the UN.
    I used to sit by and let people spout but I am tired of the bullshit. I get in their face now and in a calm, quiet way call out the bullshit for what it is. Ask them for source or proof. Question them on religion and their real knowledge of the supposed source of all knowledge. They don’t know shit and never will.
    I must also say no one in the Dem party stands up to these idiots and to the politicians who condone it.

  • http://liberawheeler.blogspot.com/ Elijah Jacob Shalis

    Reminds me of the time a lady told McCain that Obama was secretly a Muslim and born in Kenya and he said he didn’t believe that to be the case. What could the Congressman have said really though, if he disagreed with her, she probably would consider him in on the conspiracy theory.

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