Joshua Black, a candidate for Florida House District 68, said on Monday that the time had come to “hang” President Barack Obama.
In a tweet on Monday afternoon, Black wrote that he was “past impeachment.”
“It’s time to arrest and hang him high,” he added.
Republican candidate for House District 67 Chris Latvala replied in shock.
“You aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you?” he asked. “I know you are crazy but good heavens.U R an embarrassment.”
“Execution is the appropriate punishment for traitors,” Black shot back in another tweet.
At that point, Latvala recommended that the “tin foil hat crazy” candidate take his medication.
“I don’t do drugs,” Black insisted. “Not intimidated by the secret service, or #criminalpoliticians like you.”
In a Facebook post later that night, Black cited the administration’s actions against terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, Army whistleblower Bradley Manning and former NSA contractor Eric Snowden as the reason that Obama should be executed.
“I make no apologies for saying that the President is not above the People. If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he,” he explained. “So, don’t stop at impeachment. Remove him. Try him before a jury (the very right that he arbitrarily denied to al-Awaki and his 15-year-old son), and, upon his sure convictions, execute him. Thus has he done, thus it should be done to him.”
He later added: “I guess that makes me a racist, according to the President’s latest speech.”
Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley, who is running against Black in the House race, told the Tampa Bay Times that his opponent had gone too far.
“It’s dangerous and unbecoming for someone who wants to lead to call for such violence and extremist action,” Dudley said. “Wow. I’m stunned.”
On Black’s campaign website, even he seemed to argue that Republicans were making a mistake by using extremist rhetoric.
“Republicans have a serious communication problem,” the self-proclaimed evangelist wrote. “Everything we say sounds like spears. We find ways to energize our core supporters, the people who will always only ever vote Republican, but we have a hard time explaining to anyone else why they should listen to our solutions.”
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