A Maine state lawmaker was forced to apologize Wednesday after he was called out for making what sounded like a threatening Facebook post directed at President Donald Trump.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 13, 2017
“This is not language I typically use, it does not reflect my personal values and, while misguided, it was intended to make a visceral point about the devolving political discourse in America,” State Rep. Scott Hamann, a Democrat representing South Portland said said, according to the Bangor Daily News.
His apology was much more concise than his rant, however, which seemed to go on endlessly. The lawmaker said he made what he described as his “aggressively sarcastic” comments in an exchange with “a childhood friend” — an exchange that grew ugly.
“I just can’t deal with you ignorant people anymore,” Hamann’s tirade began. “Trump was installed by the Russians because they wanted to undermine American democracy and embarrass our country.”
Screenshots of his comments began making the rounds late Tuesday, and eventually came to the attention of the Maine state Republican Party. On Wednesday Maine GOP Chairwoman Demi Kouzounas called for Hamann’s resignation over the “unhinged comments.”
“Words cannot even begin to describe the level of revulsion I feel after reading Representative Scott Hamann’s recent tirade that has come to light,” she wrote on Facebook. “Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this tirade is an implied death threat against our President when Rep. Hamann states, ‘As long as that’s what’s coming out of that side, then I’ll match you dumb f**ks word for word. Trump is a half term President, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that p**sy.’”
Hamann’s friend, Darryl Johnson asked at this statement, “Scott Hamann, you plan to kill the president?”
“The best way I can describe these comments is simple: unhinged and dangerous.” she continued.
“I not only call on, but demand that Speaker Sara Gideon actually do something about her unethical and radicalized caucus. Is this language and behavior that she is willing to accept from Democrat Representatives?” Kouzounas asked.
“She has a choice to make. I know what mine would be if I were in her position.”
Clip via Fox News Channel
People on social media thought the apology was lacking.
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His response “Even though I typed every letter of it, that does not represent who I am…” Yeah, It does!
— StillAReb (@RebsFinsUp) July 13, 2017
100% UNACCEPTABLE. No excuses, none. Every argument/excuse this individual makes in response to this issue in invalidated.
— Joey Rivers (@engaged19times_) July 13, 2017
— Bob Shepard (@djslyd01) July 13, 2017
— Wayne Wedge (@nuthntoseehere) July 13, 2017
Just wondering if it’s too much inbreeding up in Maine?
— ★~CelestialSkye Kat★ (@CelestialSkye) July 13, 2017
Still, Hamann had his apologists.
I’m not as outraged by the “rant” as I am Trump’s blatant incompetence & corruption
— Dmitry (@RightDmitry) July 13, 2017
Scott Hamann should be applauded, BIGLY
— Joanna (@JoannaCocoGrove) July 13, 2017
Alternate Headline: “Fox News Shocked Over Hamann’s Foul Language Yet Never Showed Same Outrage Over Trump’s Foul Language & Behavior”.
— DiscoColonVery (@DiscoColonVery) July 13, 2017
Well, yes, Fox News did cover Trump’s language. The president did not, however, imply that he would kill a public figure. That’s the difference.
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