Republican Writes That ISIS is Obama’s ‘Family Reunion,’ But Claims ‘I’m as Far From Being a Racist as You Can Get’
Maine State Senator Michael Willette has apologized for implying that ISIS is President Obama’s “family reunion,” claiming that he is “as far away from being a racist as you can get.”
On his Facebook page, Willette posted an image of Obama with the words, “Why haven’t I done anything about ISIS? Because I’ll deal with them at my family reunion.”
Willette also added a caption saying, “I’ve been very good over the last year and a half about not posting things about Obama, but this one was too good to pass up. I promise this will be the last one for some time.”
After being called “bigoted” and “racist” on the Senate floor by Democrats, Willette issued a formal apology.
“We need to show restraint, especially myself in this instance,” Willette said. “I would like to publicly apologize for my actions and ask for you forgiveness.”
Willette said he’s “profoundly disappointed” by what Obama has done in office.
“And that frustration led me, against my better judgement, to make several criticisms of the president that were completely inappropriate,” he said. “I can promise to you that this mistake in judgement will not be repeated.”
Smiling, he added, “I’m as far from being a racist as you can get. When I served in the military, I had, you know, a vast array of friends. And any connotation of racism in those posts, if that’s what it was construed to be then that is not the intent.”
Of course, according to the Bangor Daily News, “Willette has a long history of online hate and bigotry.”
“No one really knows who the hell Obama really is and his past is as hard to understand as Egyptian hieroglyphics,” he wrote in a 2013 post.
Another post said that president is “living up to his Islamic heritage.”
When Obama traveled to Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Willette suggested “we change the locks in the White House before he gets back and invite him to stay there in his homeland.”