A North Carolina state representative is defending a meme he shared on Facebook that refers to President Obama as an “Islamic son of a b****” and a “coward.”
Republican state Rep. Michael Speciale shared the meme on Sept. 5, according to WNCT, who first reported the story.
The meme shows a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking with the president, and imagines a conversation between the two.
“Look you Islamic son of a b****, unless you give all your land back to the native indians, don’t pretend to lecture Israeli’s [sic] about our borders when you can’t control your own. Do you know why ISIS doesn’t f*** with Israel, Mr. President?” the meme says.
It continues: “It’s because they know we don’t have a problem calling them Islamic Terrorist’s [sic] and killing every one of them. Now, are you going to do something about them or should Israel show you how it’s done because you are too much of a coward and the most p*** poor excuse for an American President in your Great Nations [sic] history.”
Speciale defended his post in a Facebook comment Monday:
I find it interesting how many liberals pretend that they are offended by this post, yet they have no problem with Obama destroying the very fabric of this nation. These same folks didn’t appear fazed when some of the most vitriolic garbage was being spewed by their fellow liberals at President Bush! It must also be a slow news day at wnct and the news and observer, since they think this is a story today. Obama will end up as the worst President in history, and it will be a result of his performance, and none of my Facebook posts can be blamed!
East Carolina University political scientist Tom Eamon noted that this is an example of how dangerous social media can be for politicians.
“It’s very poor taste to call any leader a term like that,” Eamon told WNCN.
Calling the president “Islamic” was a tactic used by the GOP during Obama’s first run for president, in which Republicans consistently attacked his faith and questioned where he was born.
However, a vast majority of Americans — 71 percent overall — said in a recent CNN/ORC poll that they believe President Obama is not a Muslim, a fact he has reiterated countless times. However, that same poll showed that 43 percent of Republicans still believe the president is actually Muslim.
Just 23 percent of Democrats said the same.