Let me rephrase that. Lynn Westmoreland is a fucking idiot. The latest proof comes in the form of remarks he made to reporters in which he called Barack and Michelle Obama “uppity”. Yes, “uppity”.
Then later, through a spokesperson, Westmoreland tried to claim he didn’t know the word had racial connotations.
Westmoreland’s Democratic opponent Stephen Camp has issued a statement demanding Westmoreland apologize:
This afternoon, Lynn Westmoreland embarrassed the State of Georgia and voters in the Third District by calling Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama and his wife Michelle ‘uppity’ at the Republican National Convention. Asked to clarify his comment, Westmoreland stood firmly by the reference. Such comments are wholly inappropriate and have no place in our nation‚Äôs political discourse. The fact that Westmoreland should well understand the hurtful connotations of his reference, particularly for his own Georgia constituents, makes his remark all the more troubling.
On behalf of the voters in the Third District of Georgia and all Georgians, I call upon Lynn Westmoreland to extend a personal apology to the Obamas and to his own constituents. Congressman Westmoreland has yet again embarrassed the Third District, and this time he has done so with a mean-spirited personal attack. If Westmoreland thinks that this behavior and language is appropriate for a member of Congress, we cannot bring change to Washington soon enough.
Voters of the Third District have it within their power to vote this moron out of office and replace him with a qualified Democrat. Enough is enough! This is Westmoreland’s “macaca” moment and it’s time for him to go.
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