Black Republican Calls For Obama Lynching, Gets Secret Service Visit
A Black Republican running for state assembly in Florida didn’t do much to help his campaign after declaring that President Barack Obama should be lynched. Joshua Black received a visit from Secret Service officials this week after retweeting a comment that Obama should be executed. The comment said, “I’m past impeachment. It’s time to arrest and hang him high.” Black wrote back, “Agreed,” in response. The following day, Black confirmed that Secret Service officials visited his house.
Despite outrage over his stance on Obama, Black made “no apologies” in a lengthy Facebook post. The politician declared that Obama showed no compassion for life himself after allegedly plotting to have Eric Snowden and Bradley Manning executed for treason. “If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he,” he wrote. “Don’t stop at impeachment. Remove him. Try him before a jury … and upon his sure convictions, execute him. Thus has he done, thus it should be done to him.
Although Black denied ever threatening the President, he said there was nothing wrong his own views. “I believe that if you are a murderer, you should face the death penalty. I believe that if you are a traitor to the United States and causes [sic] the deaths of other Americans, you should face the death penalty,” he said. “I’m saying the president should face the same thing George Zimmerman had to face when he killed somebody else’s teenager. He had to face a trial where people had to determine if he was guilty or not guilty of murder, and he had to face the consequences.”
However, other Republicans have not backed him up on these accusations and want him to withdraw from the race. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that Black’s lynching comments were “outrageous.” Susan Hepworth, the communications director for the Florida Republican Party, referred to the statements as “deplorable” and “despicable.”