Wednesday, August 15, 2012

State Senate Candidate: Off With Their Heads! Or Maybe Not.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Arizona Senate hopeful and first-time GOP candidate Tyler Mott says he probably should have taken a deep breath before telling Facebook what was on his mind last August.

At the time, he was thinking about hanging President Obama.

After the president’s decision last year to review, and in most cases stop, deportations of illegal immigrants without prior criminal histories, Mott took to his Facebook page to call for Obama’s head, as well as the head of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

His full post read: “Who the hell does Obama think that he is? His job is to enforce the law. He doesn’t get to arbitrarily decide not to deport people who have been ordered deported. If Obama wants the job of making the law, he needs to back to running for Congress. Or if he wants the job of interpreting the Constitution, then he needs to get appointed to the Supreme Court. Obama and Napolitano should both be hung for treason!”

When we called Mott to ask if he really believed the president and secretary of homeland security should be hung for treason, Mott said he had no idea what we were talking about. So we read the post back to him, as well as the comments from several of his Facebook friends who said that was “not cool.”

Mott said the president should be held accountable for breaking the law, which he says Obama did by focusing his administrations efforts on prosecuting high-priority immigration cases.

“If George Bush would have done the same thing, the left would have been furious,” he said. “That’s something that Congress needs to take up.”

But after he verified the post was, indeed, on his Facebook account, he softened his tune.

“Obviously, the hyperbole I was using wasn’t anything to be taken seriously,” he said. “I’m a pro-lifer. I believe in life. I don’t believe in killing people.”

He also took the comment down from his Facebook.

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