GOP Senator Draws Fire For Prayer That President Obama’s ‘Days Be Few’
A Republican senator from Georgia David Perdue seems to have called for American Christians to pray that God kills President Obama.
“In his role as president, I think we should pray for Barack Obama. But I think we need to be very specific about how we pray,” he told the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference on Thursday.
“We should pray like Psalm 109:8 says, that says, ‘let his days be few. And let another have his office,’” he said.
From the Hill:
While the specific line of the psalm reads, “may his days be few; may another take his office,” thepassages that follow are more sinister: “May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow! May his children wander about and beg, seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!”
A spokesman for Perdue said the senator was not wishing harm to the president, pointing out he did not cite the later portion of the psalm.
“Senator Perdue said we are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and for our president. He in no way wishes harm towards our president and everyone in the room understood that,” communications director Meghan Whittemore wrote in an email.
“However, we should add the media to our prayer list because they are pushing a narrative to create controversy and that is exactly what the American people are tired of.”
Asked by Politico whether he regretted the remarks, Perdue replied, “of course not.”
“There was no intention to be derogatory at all. It was a little humor,” he said.
Perdue’s quip drew swift criticism from Democrats.
“On stage next, did [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell condemn Perdue’s prayer for Obama to die? Of course not. This is why they have Trump,” tweeted Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
Perdue has reportedly grown close to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He is co-hosting a fundraiser for the candidate next week in Georgia with the state’s governor, Nathan Deal (R).