"Please Kill My Colleagues"

Here’s what Alaska congressman Don Young had to say on the floor of the United States House of Representatives Yesterday:

"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."

Pretty strong language, eh? One would seem he was accusing his colleagues of treason, and suggesting they be killed. Yes, killed. Imagine if he’d just been a touch more forthright. “Mr Speaker, I’d like to see everyone of the Defeatocrats swinging from trees.” How would that have been received?

But, really, don’t blame Don Young, after all, as he made quite clear in his floor statement, he was only quoting Abraham Lincoln. Now you might say to yourself, that sure doesn’t sound like the Abe Lincoln I know, and you would, of course, be right. The quote is completely fabricated. Young got it from the wingnuts over at the Washington Times who falsely attributed the quote to Lincoln in a column earlier in the week.

But here’s the best part. Young is now refusing to correct the record because the Washington Times hasn’t issued a correction. Two wrongs make a right!

Duncan suggests you call Rep. Young and ask him which of his colleagues deserve to be hanged. I’ll be calling his office on Monday to ask just that.

Chris Hayes is the host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.


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