Maine Republican State Senator, Michael Willette, advertised a meme from Conservative News Today on Facebook of President Obama with the derogatory wording: “Why haven’t I done anything about ISIS? Because I’ll deal with them at my family reunion.”
Before posting the demeaning image, Willette shared in a comment that he was very cordial over the past year about not posting anything about Obama, but this one was “too good to pass up.” The Republican Senator then added in the caption, “I promise this will be the last one for some time.”
When the meme began to go viral, Willette issued a halfhearted apology this week and claims that he is “as far away from being a racist as you can get.” He then commented that he was sorry for posting such an image on Facebook and pleas that he should have not caved into the pressures of publicly displaying his “profound disappointment” towards Obama’s polices. In his apology, he stated:
I apologize for posting this on Facebook. Like too many people these days, I fell into the trap of posting something first and then thinking later. It was an error in judgment. And that frustration led me, against my better judgement, to make several criticisms of the president that were completely inappropriate. I can promise to you that this mistake in judgement will not be repeated.
You may be foolish to think that his “mistake” was a one-time occurrence or that he really doesn’t believe in such bigoted slurs against Obama, but according to the Bangor Daily News, this conservative has a long history of ignorant comments towards the President on Facebook. Before making his profile private from the general public, Willette writes in his previous posts that President Obama is a Muslim and has connections to various terrorist or extremist groups. He also says that Obama is “living up to his Islamic heritage.”
How will we ever make a stand against these radical Islamist when Obama is so entrenched with them?” wondered Willette, as he posted a link claiming Obama and his family have connections with ISIS, and shared numerous links of supposed evidence that Obama’s administration has been brainwashed into this “Muslim Brotherhood.”
After the Boston Marathon bombings, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, Willette decided to argue that Michelle Obama was responsible for the attack because she visited a Saudi national in the hospital who was injured in the blast, along with other helpless victims.
“Michelle Obama loves her terrorist friends more than the wounded from the bombing in Boston. Un-freaking real. What have we done to our country?” he wrote as a caption.
He then targeted Hillary Clinton, saying that Obama’s scandals “will have its roots in her big ole a** and she won’t be able to shake it.”
This ignorant Republican’s apathetic apology was not forgiven by Maine Democrats, who called for a formal rebuke from Willette and wrote in a letter to Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau this week stating:
“In the wake of our country’s recent tribute to the brave Americans who stood up to injustice, we find ourselves in the position of being unable to look the other way and ignore the unacceptable and less than statesman-like comments made by one of our own.”
Although his offensive actions deserve attention from the Senate President, no Republican leaders have yet condemned Sen. Willette’s remarks, as he still remains Chair of the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee.