Meet David Marsters, via the Portland Press Herald:
David Marsters, 68, who is running for selectman, says he told Secret Service agents who questioned him Tuesday that he was not threatening the president when he posted the message at 8:17 p.m. Friday. It appeared above a picture of Obama and a link to a story about how some Republican lawmakers think the president deserves to be impeached.
The message said, "Shoot the ..." and included a racial slur.
Of course Marsters is denying it was a threat, saying, "I might have used the wrong words. ... I didn't say I was going to do it."
No, you didn't say YOU were going to do it, just that somebody, anybody, should. I'd say that + racist language = more than "wrong words." Then again, your conservative "family values" appear to be different than mine.
Here's what else he said:
"What I really meant to say is, 'When are we going to get rid of this (expletive),'" he said. "I should have said, 'I hope the bastard dies.'"
MUCH better! Who would ever find that offensive?
Local police officers, the Secret Service and CIA agents all paid him a visit. They wrote up a report, but Marsters wasn't arrested. Yet. Being the patriotic paragon of law enforcement, America, and apple pie he is, I hope he served them cookies and lemonade!
Did I mention Marsters is a retired police officer?
That would make him someone who people turn to for help. Methinks the guy who incites violence, calls for the assassination of the President of the United States, and posts despicable, hate-filled words is the one who needs a whole lot of help.
Steve Wessler, a former civil rights prosecutor for the Maine Attorney General who helps investigate hate crimes:
"Just think about how a 14-year-old black boy or girl reacts to hearing there are people not only referring to the president by that word, but talking about 'We want to shoot him.' That's extraordinarily degrading."
But hey, Marsters justified his actions, so we're good:
"I'm not prejudiced," he said. "There's a lot of people in the white community I don't like either."
See? He's an equal opportunity hater! What's the big deal?
In other Facebook posts, he expressed more disdain for President Obama and links to a bunch of right-wing websites. Here's an example of one of those posts:
"Everyone says he has to go, but guess what. ... (he) will be voted in again. So sad that people can be buffaloed by him. Maybe Seal Team 6 should look him up."
That would be the same Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden.
So why does he hate the president so much? He says it's because Obama uses a Teleprompter, needed more experience, plus Marsters is not a fan of the president's policies like-- wait for it-- immigration and food stamps.
And when a Facebook commenter reminded Mr. Police Officer that the First Amendment doesn't allow people to shoot the president or encourage anyone else to commit such a crime, his response was, "He is not a legal president."
Did I mention that he wants every county resident to own a gun?
I'll end with these screen grabs from his Facebook page:
H/t: My pal @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation