TAMPA (CBSMiami) – A Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives said Monday that President Barack Obama should be arrested and hanged.
Joshua Black, candidate for House District 68, made the comment in a Tweet Monday saying he was “past impeachment” and that “It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”
Black was immediately called out by a fellow GOP candidate for the neighboring District 67 seat. Chris Latvala Tweeted to Black, “I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment.” Latvala said he makes it his business when “so-called GOP candidates become an embarrassment to my beloved party.”
Black lives in Pinellas Park, and according to the Tampa Bay Times, said he doesn’t fear the U.S. Secret Service coming to his door. He also tweeted a defense that said, “I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn’t be allowed to kill Americans without a trial.”
(Note: Benedict Arnold was not executed for treason, a fact Black acknowledged Tuesday.)
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Black moved to Florida after “practicing street evangelism in St. Louis and works as a taxi driver.” Black later defended his position in a lengthy posting on his Facebook account.