If you thought it was pretty dumb (or bigoted) for "Joe the Plumber" -- a.k.a. Sam Wurzelbacher -- to call for shooting people who cross the border, then get a load of this.
Wurzelbacher decided to (attempt to) repeat his comments about the need to "start shootin'" people at the border, and expanded on those thoughts a bit, as you can see in the video above, shot by prescottenews.com.
During the "Patriot Rally" for state Senator Lori Klein -- who's seeking a House seat,this time -- Wurzelbacher repeated some of the lines he'd used the day before during a fundraising dinner for Klein.
"Political correctness will kill this country, and I think it's on the way there right now -- that's why we gotta get people up there to really speak their mind and say what they mean," Wurzelbacher said. "Ya know, for example, I'm running for Congress. How many congressman or people who are running for Congress have you ever heard [say], 'Put borders on the troop and start shootin'?'"
Wurzelbacher continued, "None? Well you heard it here first."
You'd hope that's the first time anyone's heard that, because it's garbled nonsense.
Now, after word got out that Wurzelbacher was talking to Klein's supports about shooting a whole lot of people, Klein insisted to a few media outlets that Wurzelbacher was joking.
Not only did he say it a second time, it was the second time he said it amid a point about his ability to say what he actually means.
And this time, he continued his explanation about shooting people who cross the border.
"Put border -- put troops on the border, start shootin'; I bet that solves our illegal immigration problem real quick," he said. "It's not because I'm blood-thirsty; it's not because I want to kill illegal -- illegal -- immigrants. It's because I want my border secure, that's all it comes down to.
But he digresses.
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"Let's go back for a second," Wurzelbacher said. "We get harassed for being racist. We get harassed for being bigots. We get harassed because we want illegal immigrants to stop coming into our country -- stop taking our healthcare, stop taking our school money that we get, stop taking our tax money that we work damn hard for -- and for whatever reason, we're the bad guy?"
So, which is it? Is it a joke, as Klein -- who has a shoddy history of explanations -- says? Or is this part of Wurzelbacher's platform in his own run for one of Ohio's congressional seats?
We e-mailed Wurzelbacher's campaign spokesman yesterday and asked him to clarify it, but he didn't respond.