Another winner from the How to Take Back America Conference:
In a speech Saturday before the How to Take Back America conference, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) made comments that went far beyond the limits of traditional White House criticism. At one point, Franks demanded that Obama release his birth certificate to prove his constitutionally eligibility to hold office. The bluntest charge, however, centered on the president’s position on abortion, which the congressman derided as “insane” and godless.
“Obama’s first act as president of any consequence, in the middle of a financial meltdown, was to send taxpayers’ money overseas to pay for the killing of unborn children in other countries,” said Frank. “Now, I got to tell you, if a president will do that, there’s almost nothing that you should be surprised at after that. We shouldn’t be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can’t do that right, then he has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.”
A Franks spokeswoman clarified that he was referring only to the president’s position on abortion.
Bethany Haley said the congressman was referring to “unborn humanity” and should have clarified his statement. She also said that Franks meant to say that Obama’s abortion-related policies have no place in government, rather than that Obama has no place in government.
“He was just referring to the way President Obama has set himself up as the most pro-abortion president in America’s history,” Haley said.
The video, which went largely unnoticed before being passed along to the Huffington Post by People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch, is the latest in a line of extraordinarily blunt and personal attacks on the president by his Republican critics.
I wonder if it would have gone “largely unnoticed” if a MoveOn speaker had called former Pres. Bush “an enemy of humanity”?
I hope the White House is keeping careful track of all these extreme statements by mainstream Republicans so Pres. Obama can refer to them regularly in the midterm elections and in 2012.