Did the congressman hosting the event endorse her remarks?
(Rep. Tim Bridenstine, Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)
Should politicians take people to task when they make hateful or harmful remarks about the president? The answer depends on who they're talking to and perhaps even which president.
"Obama is not president as far as I’m concerned," she said. "He should be executed as an enemy combatant."
Instead of denying her claim, the Republican responded in a way that some see as endorsing the woman's remark.
"Look, everybody knows the lawlessness of this president," Bridenstine said. "He picks and chooses which laws he's going to enforce or not enforce."
Another woman said the GOP must gain control of the Senate so they can "impeach the S.O.B." after which the Oklahoma lawmaker told her she looked "sweet."
Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins thinks Bridenstine should apologize to the president.
“Just three days ago, someone was arrested for threatening to kill President George Bush," Collins said. "It is absolutely astonishing that a sitting United States Congressman would encourage and support that type of behavior."
Bridenstine disagrees. He released a statement saying that public figures can't control what people say.
"I obviously did not condone and I do not approve of grossly inappropriate language. It is outrageous that irresponsible parties would attribute another person’s reckless remarks to me," he said.
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