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Pittman makes birther joke

Posted October 25, 2013

Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus

— Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, joked in recent remarks that President Barack Obama has not committed treason ... to Kenya. 

Pittman was taped making the remarks in during a town hall meeting in Concord by a tracker for American Bridge, a Democratic group that follows Republicans at public speaking engagements. 

This isn't the first time Pittman has gained notice for remarks he made to a citizen group. In May, Pittman had to apologize to House Speaker Thom Tillis for suggesting Tillis' U.S. Senate bid had caused the House leader to back off conservative policies

Pittman has also suggested abortion doctors ought to be hanged and suggested that the state ought to amend its constitution to resist attempts by the federal government to regulate firearms.

In this latest video, posted on Oct. 25, Pittman recounts seeing a picture of Obama with the word "traitor" plastered over it.

"I don't always agree with the guy, certainly didn't vote for him. But I've got to defend him on this one," Pittman says in the video. "I just don't think it's right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. You know, there's a lot of things he done wrong, but he is not a traitor. At least not as far as I can tell, because I've not come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya."

The line, which earned guffaws from the crowd, echoes the discredited "birther" theory that Obama was born in the African nation rather than in Hawaii, despite documentation to the contrary.

It's unclear whether Pittman actually believes Obama was born overseas or was just playing for laughs. A call to his house and an email to his legislative email account were not immediately answered.

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  • tommys5 Oct 29, 2013

    Day5 WRAL for this story, Still no coverage of the Charlotte Observer's endorsment of the Republican candidate for Charlotte mayor. Where is the coverage of the Tillis -Berger news conference on medicaid.?

  • OleNCNative Oct 29, 2013

    If you are a birther, you are not smart enough to elected office.

  • Barely Oct 29, 2013

    I think it is going to be very interesting when Señor Cruz runs for president. A man whose father was from Cuba (the US enemy #1 for the last 50 years... a country US citizens could not travel to because it was against the law) and who was born in Canada. What will the birthers do? Oh what will they say?
    Sally1023

    Most Cuban-Americans are more loyal to the US than people who's lineage goes back to the pilgrims. They are mostly happy to have a home where they are free. Besides, the US was not against the people of Cuba. We are against the regime.

  • Sally1023 Oct 29, 2013

    I think it is going to be very interesting when Señor Cruz runs for president. A man whose father was from Cuba (the US enemy #1 for the last 50 years... a country US citizens could not travel to because it was against the law) and who was born in Canada. What will the birthers do? Oh what will they say?

  • Sally1023 Oct 29, 2013

    Who would vote for a creep who says thoughtless things as reported above? NC and the US need intelligent, thoughtful politicians who are willing to work together to make us stronger not people like Larry Pittman who are doing everyting possible to tear the government down. When are we all going to wake up and see the harm the fringe elements of this country are doing?

  • lwe1967 Oct 29, 2013

    Perhaps an independent or republican groups should go around and tape everything that the Dems are saying. Oh my, they would run out of tapes listening to Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, etc.

  • sisu Oct 28, 2013

    What made the President's joke funny was that the punch line was unexpected. You could see this one from Pittstop coming from a mile away. Pathetic. Pure pandering.

  • Barely Oct 28, 2013

    Eh. At least he didn't lie. That is a step forward for all politicians.

  • Jack Flash Oct 28, 2013

    It's a silly joke that plays in that audience. I wouldn't care one whit, but the overall hostility toward President Obama is so out of control and unreasonable that little things like this contribute to it. I guess I care about half a whit then.

  • tommys5 Oct 28, 2013

    Just another example of WRAL and their partners at BlueNC working together.

    http://www.wral.com/liberal-group-lays-out-blueprint-for-attack-on-state-leaders/12136669/

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