North Carolina legislator: Obama not a traitor to Kenya

October 25, 2013

Birther alert! North Carolina state Rep. Larry Pittman (R), speaking to a friendly crowd in Concord on Monday, joked that President Obama hasn’t done anything to harm his native country — Kenya.

“Someone had posted something [on Facebook] with a picture of Barack Obama and across it said ‘traitor,’ ” Pittman said. “And, you know, I don’t always agree with the guy, I certainly didn’t vote for him but I gotta defend him on this one. I just don’t think it’s right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There’s a lot of things he’s done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven’t come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya.”

American Bridge, the Democratic super PAC that sends trackers to follow Republican politicians, posted footage of Pittman’s joke.

Earlier this week, North Carolina Republicans had to ask a local party official in Buncome County to quit after he made incendiary remarks during an interview with Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi. Yelton referred to “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything”; both the local and state Republican parties asked him to quit his post.

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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