Congressman John Dingell has served in the House of Representatives for over 50 years. In all that time, he never heard a member of Congress heckle a President of the United States…Until last night.
Unfortunately, when Joe Wilson shouted out “You lie!” at President Obama, this wasn’t the beginning of hatred and hostility directed at him byfrom Republicans. It was just the latest manifestation.
We saw it when people called Obama a “traitor” at those Sarah Palin rallies during the campaign.
We saw it when even members of Congress called him an “illegitimate” president over his birth certificate.
We saw it when people called him a “socialist” at tea parties and town hall meetings.
And we saw it last night, when Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina called him a liar on the floor of the House of Representatives.
That was rude, disrespectful conduct unworthy of the Congress and unworthy of the American people.
Yes, Joe Wilson issued a quick, written apology. But that’s not good enough. As House Whip James Clyburn first demanded on our show this morning, John Boehner, House Republican leader, should demand that Wilson go to the floor of the House of Representatives today and apologize to the President, to members of the House and Senate, to the people of South Carolina, and to the American people.
And then, voters of South Carolina should kick his butt out of the House.
That’s my parting shot for today.