ST. PETERSBURG — As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.
“I’m past impeachment,” Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. “It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”
The tweet caught the attention of Chris Latvala, a Republican candidate for House District 67.
“You aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you?” Latvala replied. “I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment.”
Latvala added: “I make it my business when so called GOP candidates become an embarrassment to my beloved party.”
Black, 31, of Pinellas Park moved to Florida in 2007 after practicing street evangelism in St. Louis and works as a taxi driver. According to his campaign website, Black entered politics in 2012 when he tried influencing the presidential primary.
The website says: “Republicans have a serious communication problem. Everything we say sounds like spears.”
Joshua Black celebrates MLKD by calling for President Obama to be hanged
Joshua Black, a GOP candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, called on January 21st (better known as Martin Luther King Day) for President Barack Obama to be hanged.
Via a Twitter account already full of conspiracy theories and calls for impeachment, Black responded to fellow impeachment advocates by saying he is “past impeachment. It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”
The remarks even incurred criticism from fellow Florida Republicans, with fellow candidate Chris Latvala responding: “you aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you? I know you are crazy but good heavens.U R an embarrassment.”
Secret Service visits Pinellas candidate who said Barack Obama should be hanged
Say you’re a rookie political candidate eager to raise your profile. Here’s one sure way to do that you DO NOT want to try: publicly call for the president of the United States to be hanged.
That’s what Republican state House candidate Joshua Black did on Twitter Monday. It generated an widely read article in the Tampa Bay Times, a call from Anderson Cooper’s guest booker, an interview for Political Connections on Bay News 9 and, naturally, a visit from the Secret Service.
Black, a taxi driver, said that Secret Service representatives were waiting for him at his house while he taped the Political Connections interview.