After posting a racist comment about former President Barack Obama and his family on Facebook, Republican lawmaker Joel LaPierre is facing some disciplinary action.
LaPierre posted about how Congress will make it easier to carry handguns now that Donald Trump is President. He continued by describing Obama as “BIG EARS” and how the former president and his “Muslim brothers did your best to destroy this great country and you failed.”
LaPierre went on and said, “keep poking the bear and we will pack you, Mochelle (sic), the kids, mother-in-law and any one else related to you and send you all on a one way trip to Kenya where you were born.” President Donald Trump started the birther conspiracies in March 2011, when he claimed that he had “real doubts” about where the former president was born. Obama was in fact born in Hawaii and is not a Muslim.
LaPierre, a member of the National Rifle Association, is facing a censure for the comments he posted on social media. According to Republican Kevin Acres, the body’s legislative chairman, even though he didn’t always agree with Obama’s policies, they still need to act “civil and courteous.”
LaPierre wrote a letter of apology to North Country Public Radio and admitted that as a member of the legislative body, his comments were not right. “This has been a learning experience for me. In the future I will express my opinions in a more suitable manner,” he wrote.
One member, Republican David Forsyth stood up for LaPierre, claiming that although he did not agree with the post, “I have to wonder if similar words were written about President Trump, if they would receive the same amount of scrutiny.”
Democrat Tony Arquiett said, “I really don’t want it whitewashed that it’s somebody just making a mistake, or referring to what’s going on with Trump.”