Akin Doubles Down on "Despicable" Claim that President Does Not "Like America"
The Kansas City Star’s Steve Kraske asks: “Did Todd Akin step in it again?”
The answer? YES.
Check out this exchange between Rep. Todd Akin and conservative KMOX host Charlie Brennan, one day after Akin asserted that President Barack Obama doesn’t “like America.”
A quick partial transcript:
KMBC audio of AKIN: First of all, apologizing to all people, a lot of countries who are enemies, and apologizing to them and everything. You know, if we did something wrong that’s one thing. But he’s just apologizing because he didn’t like America?
BRENNAN: Congressman Todd Akin, I have been a friend of yours for a long time, but I just found that despicable, for you to claim that the president does not like America.
AKIN: Well Charlie, let me try and put that in context. It doesn’t seem anything that should surprise you at all. Let’s take a look at this president. Three days before taking his oath of office, he said that he wanted to fundamentally change America. Charlie, I want to fundamentally change our tax code. That doesn’t mean I like it, it means I don’t like it. I don’t like things I want to fundamentally change. He doesn’t apparently like our foreign policy. So he turns his back on Poland and the Czech republic to curry favor with the Russians. And he’s meeting with Chavez. And yet he turns his back on Netanyahu, who’s one of our allies. He fundamentally wants to change our foreign policy. He doesn’t like free enterprise because he wants to tax it. He doesn’t like profit, and he doesn’t like the private sector running health care... I don’t think my comments are out of line.
BRENNAN: Boy, I’m very surprised because I think in a civil society, we can certainly disagree on public policy matters, foreign policy matters, taxes, but we don’t then suggest that if you disagree with me that means you dislike our country. People of good will, Congressman, you know this, can have very different views on the world, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like the world. They can have very different views on our country, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like it.