A Democratic senator who is hopefully on his way to a crashing defeat in November was forced to apologize Monday for using two victims of terrorist beheadings to defend the Obama administration.
Sen. Mark Udall, a first-term senator from the Centennial State, made the remarks during a debate Saturday with Republican challenger Cory Gardner in Grand Junction. First, he claimed that as bad as they are, the group known as Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL, is not an existential threat to the United States.
Second, he claimed to be able to know that two men who were viciously murdered to make a political point would agree with the Democrat in the White House on how their deaths should be avenged — or not.
“I can tell you, Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us: Don’t be impulsive,” Udall said during the debate. “Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don’t be impulsive. Come up with a plan to knock [ISIS] back.”
According to news reports, the remark drew groans from the audience and jeers from the media. Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake summed it up:
Really bad idea for Udall to invoke Sotloff and Foley like this. Just not good. http://t.co/sILNEQzKGV
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) September 8, 2014
Garder’s campaign also pounced.
“Americans have watched in horror in recent weeks as two of our fellow countrymen have been brutally executed by terrorists, and it’s outrageous that Senator Udall would put words into the mouths of dead Americans,” Gardner said in a statement issued Monday. “Furthermore, it’s deeply troubling that he views a terrorist organization like ISIL as not an imminent threat to America.”
On Monday, Udall realized pulling two dead men into the debate wasn’t such a good idea.
“I should not have invoked the names of James Foley and Steven Sotloff,” he said in a statement. “It was inappropriate and I sincerely apologize.”
How sincere the apology is is anyone’s guess.
If Twitter users are any guide, it didn’t do much good even if he meant it.
@RedState Guys like Mark Udall can’t shake stupid. Its ingrained in most liberals.
— Joseph R. Sorrentino (@Jrsatty) September 9, 2014
@Red__Rover Democrats are insane.
— Tessa (@treesaree) September 8, 2014
Not all of them. But pretty close.
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