Florida House District 68 candidate Joshua Black tweeted Monday that president Barack Obama should be executed by hanging for treason.Interestingly, the act of treason that Black wanted to execute the president for didn't have to do with Obamacare for once:
"@civilwarcometh: @BrandonMArms @RedNationRising I'm past impeachment. It's time to arrest and hang him high. http://t.co/Li1e0fzCLi" Agreed
— Joshua Black 2014 (@JoshuaBlack2014) January 20, 2014
Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.I guess that's something.
"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."
To their credit, members of the Florida GOP rebuked Black's incendiary comments:
The tweet caught the attention of Chris Latvala, a Republican candidate for House District 67.
"You aren't seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you?" Latvala replied. "I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment."
Latvala added: "I make it my business when so called GOP candidates become an embarrassment to my beloved party."
Pinellas GOP Chairman Michael Guju said Black doesn't know the secret details of the drone strike. "It is impossible to accept this statement," Guju said. "This is wholly unacceptable and unduly provocative."
But alas, the re-branding effort continues.