What an incredibly strange world we live in these days. Case in point, NH House Rep, Al Baldasaro (R) Londonderry telling the world that former First Lady and current Democratic candidate for President, ought to be put on the firing line and executed. Despite calls by his own party to rescind the statement and apologize and from others to resign from the State House, he has so far refused. He told NH1 News today that “I was a veteran long before I was a Republican and I stand by what I said and I’m not changing my views,”
What he and others seem to not be aware of, is that what Baldasaro stated could be criminal ( highlights are mine):
a) Whoever knowingly and willfully threatens to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon -
(1) a former President or a member of the immediate family of a former President;
(2) a member of the immediate family of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, or the Vice President-elect;
(3) a major candidate for the office of President or Vice President, or a member of the immediate family of such candidate; or
(4) a person protected by the Secret Service under section 3056(a)(6);
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both. (b) As used in this section - (1) the term "immediate family" means - (A) with respect to subsection (a)(1) of this section, the wife of a former President during his lifetime, the widow of a former President until her death or remarriage, and minor children of a former President until they reach sixteen years of age; and (B) with respect to subsection (a)(2) and (a)(3) of this section, a person to whom the President, President-elect, Vice President, Vice President-elect, or major candidate for the office of President or Vice President - (i) is related by blood, marriage, or adoption; or (ii) stands in loco parentis; (2) the term "major candidate for the office of President or Vice President" means a candidate referred to in subsection (a)(7) of section 3056 of this title; and (3) the terms "President-elect" and "Vice President-elect" have the meanings given those terms in section 871(b) of this title.
I read earlier today on another blog that called the Secret Service " overzealous" and " America's dreaded secret police" and even defended Baldasaro by calling it " salty speech" and calling for NH to effectively secede from the USA. In this day and age with all the senseless violence and anger, his comments were not just "salty" they were threatening and the Secret Service is obligated to investigate. Baldasaro is an embarrassment and ought to immediately resign. I am baffled that the NH GOP leadership has not demanded that. I guess the standards they so loudly clai, to profess do not apply to Republicans.
The Secret Service is sworn to protect the office holders and candidates among many others and will put their bodies in the line of fire to protect them. It is shameful to denigrate the work of these agents with these thoughtless and un-American remarks.
And they call the so called " main stream media" and left biased?
I say "lock him up"!