Texas Republican Party Chair Cathie Adams isn’t the only right-winger to attack President Obama’s personal faith and make other bizarre charges about the nation’s chief executive. Plenty of other political figures and commentators on the fringe right continue to suggest (or claim outright) that the president is a closet Muslim, that he hates white people and that he’s a Marxist (or Nazi). But usually elected officials are little more careful. Not so in the case of the mayor of the Memphis-area city of Arlington, Tenn.
Arlington Mayor Russell Wiseman is charging that “our muslim president” deliberately chose the date of his nationally televised announcement on Afghanistan troop deployments last week so that his speech would preempt what Wiseman apparently considers a quintessential Christian television program: “The Charlie Brown Christmas Special” that kids have been watching annually for more than four decades.
We’re not making this up.
According to the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, Wiseman used his personal Facebook page to launch his broadside at President Obama:
“Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch ‘The Charlie Brown Christmas Special’ and our muslim president is there, what a load…..try to convince me that wasn’t done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it….w…hen the answer should simply be ‘yes’….”
In Wiseman’s extensive thread that attacked the president, his supporters and Muslims, he stated “…you obama people need to move to a muslim country…oh wait, that’s America….pitiful.”
Wiseman even suggested in his online rant that only property owners should have the right to vote:
“(Y)ou know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has stayed in there, things would be different……..”
When asked later by a reporter what in the world he was thinking, Wiseman was defensive and claimed the reporter was “trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.” You mean, like attacking the president of the United States for giving a critical foreign policy speech that bumps the airing of a children’s cartoon? Someone sounds like a real blockhead.