March 21, 2013

A Republican County Sheriff in Massachusetts is fielding calls for his resignation after his Obama assassination "joke" made at a Republican breakfast didn't sit well when it was leaked to the public.

via WCVB, Boston.

PLYMOUTH, Mass—Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald said Wednesday he and his family have received more than 100 threatening emails and voice messages because of a joke he delivered at a St. Patrick's Day breakfast in Scituate during the weekend.

"Things have taken a very sinister turn," said McDonald. "I've received all kinds of hate emails, phone messages and voice mails, many of them physically threatening me, my family."

McDonald labeled the joke "political satire" that's been repeated for 150 years. It involves the ghosts of presidents past visiting President Barack Obama in his sleep. They offer advice on how to change the direction of the country. The last President is Abraham Lincoln.

"And Lincoln looks him in the eye and he says, 'Go to the theater,'" McDonald tells the crowd at Sunday's breakfast of about 100 Republicans who laughed generously.

For his part McDonald offered the standard non-apology apology republicans are so fond of:

"To the extent that some individuals seem to be unable to separate satire from reality, if I've offended them, I'm sorry for that," said McDonald Wednesday. "I'm sincerely sorry for that."


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