While some of you were watching football or taking a well deserved weekend nap, Tea Partier Larry Klayman was setting republicans back 10 years at the Million Vet March on the Memorials” . At a rally, which took place at the World War II Memorial, Klayman (who was amongst other right wing politico dynamos Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin) spoke to crowd of angry veterans and Tea Party supporters and proceeded to incorrectly identify President Barack Obama as Muslim.
The statement continues the “common” misconception that President Barack Obama is Muslim when he is actually Christian. His father, perceived to be a Kenyan muslim, is an atheist–in fact, 78% of Kenya is of Christian faith.
But don’t try and tell that to the protesters who gathered at the National Mall this past Sunday. Riled up over the government shutdown and the subsequent closure of the World War II Memorial, agitated protesters pushed through barricades waving confederate flags and singing “God Bless America”. The crowd then carried some of the barricades over to White House where they were greeting by policemen in SWAT gear.
During the rally, Cruz and Palin accused Obama and his administration of using veterans as pawns their political game. Klayman took a more inflammatory approach, saying this to the crowd:
“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come up with his hands out…”
He then went to say that the country is “ruled by a president who bows down to Allah,” and that Obama “is not a president of ‘we the people.'” Although neither Cruz nor Palin condemned Klayman’s statement, one has to wonder how the entire Republican Party (including the Tea Party) will react to what he said–after all, it’s not like Klayman doesn’t have a knack for verbally attacking the President of the United States.
Just a couple of months ago, Klayman claimed that Obama, “like Morsi before his downfall,” is “pushing the American people to the limit” and “playing with fire among the military.” His statements offhandedly entertained the idea of a military coup that would result in Obama being overthrown.
Two Republicans who have openly disagreed with Klayman are Rep. Scott Rigell, who said in an interview with CNN that Klayman’s “type of language is harmful to our country and it’s what’s pulling us apart,” and Michael Steele, who spoke with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday, denouncing Klayman’s words as “stupidity” and calling it a detrimental blow to image of the Republican Party.
Two days removed from Klayman’s statements, not much of the Republican Party (besides Rigell and Steele) seem to mind the misinformative faux pas. Leaders of the Right Wing media on the other hand seem to be scolding Klayman. FOX NEWS’ Sean Hannity openly referred to Klayman’s statements as idiotic.
What do you think about Larry Klayman and his statements? Have a look at what was said:
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