Politics

University of Texas Republican Leader Calls Assassinating Obama ‘Tempting’ Idea

Thu., Nov. 17, 2011 12:31 PM EDT
by Kathleen Cross

After the news broke on Nov. 16 that a man had been arrested for allegedly firing a semiautomatic rifle at the White House, the student leader of the College Republicans at the University of Texas tweeted that the idea of assassinating President Obama was “tempting,”

At 2:29 p.m. EST, UT’s Lauren E. Pierce wrote: “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”

Pierce, the president of the College Republicans at UT Austin, told ABC News the comment was a “joke.”

“I don’t really see anything wrong with it,” the group’s VP, Cassie Wright, added. “It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?”

Ms. Pierce has since apologized:

I’m thinking Miss Pierce got a little talking to from the FBI. A visit from federal officers in suits could definitely convince you never to “joke” around about something so serious. kathleen cross

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