Larry Pittman (R), a representative in the North Carolina State Legislature, thinks that he is quite the comedian — and so do his TEApublican constituents.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in Concord, N.C., Pittman said that he had recently seen a photo of the President posted on Facebook labeled “traitor.”
“I don’t always agree with the guy, I certainly didn’t vote for him, but I gotta defend him on this one,” Pittman said. “I just don’t think it’s right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There’s a lot of things he’s done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven’t come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya.”
His audience burst into raucous laughter at the “joke.”
Pittman has a history of making questionable remarks. He once endorsed “public hangings,” saying that the first in line for hanging should be doctors who have performed abortions. “It will at least have the deterrent effect upon them,” he said in a now infamous email. “For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.”
Pittman claimed that he had intended only to send the email to one of his colleagues and was venting his outrage over a letter written by an inmate on death row to a newspaper, claiming that prison wasn’t all that bad and that it would be years before he was executed for murder.
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect is the fact that according to his resume, he is a former pastor. One has to wonder where he was a pastor, and what sort of “church” would employ a man with such hateful attitudes.
Watch Pittman make his comments in the video below: