A local official in Jefferson County, Missouri was backtracking on Tuesday after remarks she made seemingly supporting a military coup against President Barack Obama were shared online.
“Something innocent and simple got twisted into a disaster because it’s an election,” Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan (R) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I meant no ill intent toward the president. I meant no ill intent toward anybody.”
On Friday, Progress Missouri posted a screenshot of Dunnegan’s post directed toward friends who have served in the military.
“I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy,” she wrote. “I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you authority. What am I missing?”
Dunnegan, who is up for re-election this November, told the Post-Dispatch that she wanted to know about the military oath to protect the country “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” She added that she did not delete the post after it was brought to public attention. However, Talking Points Memo reported that her page is now private.
Dunnegan was elected in 2010, and is currently being challenged by Democrat Mike Bone, who currently works as a supervisor in the office of county circuit court clerk David Nicholson. She did not indicate any concern as to whether the post would affect her in the upcoming election.
“I think it could hurt it as much as it could help it,” she said.