Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and after ignoring the concerns of a caller who pointed out how the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is not working and responded by saying it did, he then defended as Think
Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and after ignoring the concerns of a caller who pointed out how the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is not working and responded by saying it did, he then defended as Think Progress pointed out, an anti-gay caller's remarks. This man sounded like nothing but a broken John McCain talking points regurgitation machine during this interview, but with even less tact than McCain is capable of when defending his continually moving goalposts on DADT.
Wilson received a number of passionate calls on the issue, including one from a self-described “heterosexual 72-year-old Christan woman” who had been married for 49 years, who said she must “speak up” to Wilson, and offered a passionate defense of Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach and Lt. Dan Choi, who were both discharged under DADT. Wilson dismissed her pleas and moved onto the next caller, who went on an offensive anti-gay tirade, saying that no homosexuals are “great” and “all can be replaced in America.” Wilson did not rebuke the caller for the hateful comments, and actually thanked him:
CALLER: Good Morning. Mr Wilson thank you. I try to hear your opening remarks on the floor every day, and I thank God we have someone that stood up to the establishment in Washington and called the lie a liar. Thank you. Now another thing. I can’t believe we’re talking about people — they’re not even one percent of our population, and we’re so worried about their sexual activities. Why are we talking — these people don’t even represent one percentage, not even one percent. And all can be replaced in America. None are great. None are number one. All can be replaced. Mr. Wilson, thank you from a third generation union member in Detroit, Michigan, where people do not want to get off unemployment.
REP. WILSON: Well, thank you for your comments. I truly believe the system we have is working, but we need to have hearings. I’m happy to have hearings on any issue we’ve raised this morning. And that’s why I appreciate the incoming chairman Buck McKeon. Chairman McKeon will be having hearings this coming year, and we can go over this issue in a very calm way, but this should not be done in a lame duck session.
Earlier in the show Wilson also defended his outburst during the president's State of the Union address where he yelled out "you lie!" to President Obama and called his admonishment by the House for his political stunt... get this... a political stunt. This guy's hypocrisy button is apparently severely broken.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday invited Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), who shouted "You lie!" at President Barack Obama during his 2009 speech to Congress about health care, to comment on whether it was appropriate to call Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a liar. Read more...