Scott Hamann isn’t the first person to earn a visit from the Secret Service by threatening to kill the president or to engage in a profanity-laced tirade against him. He is, however, the first person to do this while being a sitting politician.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Hamann has slowed his roll after reaping a bushel of condemnation. In a new statement, the Maine House Democrat says his death threat was “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate” and is issuing one of those kind-of apologies we’ve come to know so well from the American left these past few months.
In a tirade that wasn’t so much laced with profanity as created whole-cloth out of it, Hamann said that Trump “is a half term president” if he ever comes in contact with him.
Saying that “Trump was installed by the Russians, because they wanted to undermine democracy and embarrass our country,” he challenged conservatives who didn’t share his view of the world.
“Don’t like the truth?” Hamann wrote in the Tuesday night post, according to The Daily Caller. “Well then f*** you, snowflake. You’re a f****** p****. And you people are destroying America.
“Trump is a joke, and anyone who doesnt (sic) have their head up their a** understands that,” Hamann continued. “100% of intelligent Americans agree that Trump is a complete loser.”
“But go back to clinging to your guns because you’re afraid. P****. See, it’s not only Trump supporters who can talk like complete a*******. As long as that’s what’s coming out of that side, then I’ll match you dumb f***s word for word.”
“Trump is a half term president, at most, especially if I get within 10 feet of that p****,” he concluded.
While Hamann isn’t the first public figure to go on an Andrew Dice Clay-style rant about the president intimate that he would like to physically assault Donald Trump — Joe Biden has even gone there — he is the first to imply that he would kill him. Once the rant began going viral, he quickly repented.
“I regret my impulsive decision to post something aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate in a Facebook exchange with a childhood friend,” Hamann said, according to the Portland Press-Herald. “While the tone of the post was born out of frustration with the vile language currently surrounding politics, I should not have responded with the same language. 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.”
So he made a point about the devolving political discourse in America by threatening to kill the president? Nice try. Two things I’d like to note here: first, the fact that he blames the whole thing on being “aggressively sarcastic.” Excuse me? This isn’t an episode of “Daria” — you threatened to kill the president, dude.
Also of note: “This is not language I typically use.” Oh, you just learned those words earlier this week and figured you’d give them a test drive? Give me a break. This, by the way, was also Reza Aslan’s excuse for calling the president a “piece of s***” in a tweet, an excuse that collapsed after a bevy of earlier tweets involving him calling other people “pieces of s***” emerged. Based on that admittedly-small sample size, I’m inclined to believe that when someone says “this is not language I typically use,” what they really mean is “this is not language I want you to believe I typically use but in fact totally do.”
Demi Kouzounas, chairwoman of Maine’s GOP, didn’t buy it either, calling Hamann “unhinged and dangerous” as her party called on him to resign.
“Words cannot even begin to describe the level of revulsion I feel after reading Rep. Scott Hamann’s recent tirade that has come to light,” a statement from Kouzounas said. “Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this tirade is an implied death threat against our president.”
Hamann’s apology likely won’t save him a bit of unpleasantness with the Secret Service, either, who Fox News reports are investigating the death threats.
“The Secret Service is aware of the comments in question and are investigating the matter,” they said in a statement.
“Allegations of any threat, inappropriate interest or unusual behavior directed towards a Secret Service protectee receives the highest priority of all our investigations.”
Good luck with that “aggressive sarcasm” defense when you meet with the Secret Service, Rep. Hamann. I get the feeling you’ll need it.
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