I posted earlier today on Don Young (R-AK) using this bogus quote, which he attributed to Lincoln, on the House floor:
Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged
As I said – that quote was not from Lincoln, but instead a right-wing fabrication. Young’s office said he would not rescind the comments since the Washington Time has used it. Well the Washington Times has now retracted the statement, but will Young? Nope – instead he still wants to keep it:
Young’s spokeswoman, Meredith Kenny, said the congressman took the quote directly from The Washington Times column. “Now that he’s been informed these are not the actual words of Lincoln, he will discontinue attributing the words to Lincoln. However, he continues to totally agree with the message of the statement,” Kenny told The Washington Post.
This actually puts Young in a worse off position. He is now saying members of Congress should be “hanged” for doing their constitutional duty of oversight. This is almost criminal and the media is not picking up on it? Why hasn’t the Republican leadership come out in opposition to one of their members calling for the murder of member of Congress?
I believe we need to push more Don Young quotes out there. Since he feels it is alright to use faux quotes, then we should follow by his example. Atrios has posted one here and I got another one:
“Allah is great and death will come to the infidels of the west!” – Congressman Don Young (R-AK)
Perhaps we can get a whole campaign of these going. Let’s see how quickly they try to step in and stop it once it hits the mainstream.