WMAL’s Chris Plante, a conservative radio host and frequent Fox News guest, speculated on Tuesday that President Barack Obama had purposefully taken “under God” out of the Gettysburg Address but would not have removed the phrase “under Allah.”
A number of conservative websites had expressed outrage on Tuesday after learning that the president read an original version of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which did not include the words “under God.”
The reading was a part of a 150th anniversary celebration website and filmmaker Ken Burns specifically asked the president to read the “Nicolay Version” that was written before the phrase “under God” was added.
“What? Barack Obama and his people have the Gettysburg Address in front of them and they’re sitting up in leather-winged chairs at the White House with a red pencil going through the speech and they scratch out ‘under God’ and then pass it to Barack Obama and he reads it that way?” WMAL’s Chris Plante opined on his Tuesday radio show. “I mean, how does something like this happen? How stupid are these people? How dishonest are – how fundamentally corrupt, morally and otherwise corrupt, are these people?”
“It is astonishing to me, and it just plays into the stereotype of these people being hostile. If it said ‘under Allah’ would he have still scratched it out?” he added.
Throughout the program Plante had repeatedly referred to the president as “Barack Hussein Obama.”
“Everybody says ‘under God’ when reading the Gettysburg Address. But this peculiar exception is Barack Hussein Obama’s and Barack Hussein Obama’s alone,” he quipped. “Now why would Barack Obama leave out the words ‘under God’ from the Gettysburg Address for a Ken Burns film?”
Listen to the audio below from WMAL, broadcast Nov. 19, 2013.
(h/t: Media Matters)