Joe The Plumber, now Congressional Tea Party candidate Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, twice this weekend told supporters America should “put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting.” Wurzelbacher didn’t mention how border agents were to determine citizenship prior to massacring people, if border agents should take age into account, if it’s OK to shoot dead infants, if the “immigrants” would be allowed to get a head start, or if there were exemptions for, say, women, children, the elderly, or the infirm.
“Wurzelbacher first made the remarks during a campaign rally for Arizona Republican state Rep. Lori Klein on Friday, according to video published by Prescott eNews,” The Raw Story’s David Edwards reported:
“For years I’ve said, you know, put a damn fence on the border, going to Mexico and start shooting,” he insisted.
Wurzelbacher then repeated the remarks at a so-called “Patriot Rally” with Klein on Saturday.
“I’m running for Congress. How many congressmen or people running for Congress have you heard, put a fence up and start shooting? None? Well you heard it here first. Put troops on the border and start shooting, I bet that solves our immigration problem real quick.”
While Klein refused to condemn the call for border violence, her District 11 opponent, Republican state House Speaker Andy Tobin, called for Wurzelbacher to apologize or go back home to Ohio.
“I would ask for him to retract the statement as made in jest, and if not made in jest, I’m appalled at him,” Tobin told KTVK. “We don’t do that in Arizona.”
Wurzelbacher, who is running for U.S. Congress as a Republican in Ohio, has a long history of inflammatory comments.
In a 2009 interview, Wurzelbacher had this to say:
“At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary–it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing.”
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