New Hampshire State Representative Al Baldasaro, who served as a delegate and adviser for Donald Trump, was invited to the White House on Friday—less than a year after he declared former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
The guy who called for Hillary Clinton to be shot last year was invited to Trump’s bill signing at the WH today, per pooler @maggieNYT
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 23, 2017
— Rep Al Baldasaro (@Al_Baldasaro) June 23, 2017
Baldasaro was investigated by the Secret Service last year after his threatening comment about Clinton, who he argues deserved to be killed for her handling of the attack on a U.S facility in Benghazi, Libya.
“She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi,” Baldasaro said in an interview on the “Jeff Kushner Show.” Later, at the GOP convention, Baldasaro refused to apologize for his remarks.
Asked during the campaign whether he supported the New Hampshire representative’s remarks, Trump insisted he was unaware of what Baldasaro said.
“Well, I didn’t know that but he’s a very fine person,” Trump replied. “He is a person that loves the military and loves the veterans.”
“I don’t know what he said,” then-candidate Trump reiterated.
Now, it appears the president has extended an invitation for Baldasaro to pal around at the White House. That invite comes amid growing concerns from Trump supporters over dangerous “rhetoric” from “the left.”
After a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire on a Republican Congressional baseball practice last week, conservatives—including Trump’s son Don Jr.—were quick to insist Democrats are encouraging violence against the president. They pointed to Kathy Griffith’s much-maligned image of herself holding a decapitated Trump head, a “Shakespeare in the Park” play that appears to show the assassination of a president who resembles Trump, and Johnny Depp’s recent joke about an actor killing the president.
“Events like today are exactly why we took issue with NY elites glorifying the assassination of our president,” Don Jr. retweeted in the aftermath of the Congressional baseball attack.
But concern over amplifying violent rhetoric appears short-lived.
Asked about Baldasaro’s invite on Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took a page from his boss’s handbook.
Spicer says he was unaware of Baldasaro’s remarks.
In May, Spicer also said he was unaware of Ted Nugent’s “suck on my machine gun” line.
— Justin Duckham (@Jduckham) June 23, 2017