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July 29, 2014

RSC Chairman to Obama: Fire John Podesta

Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise is demanding that President Barack Obama fire his new counselor, John Podesta.

The Louisiana Republican issued a statement shortly after Podesta said in an interview with Politico that the White House should “focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.”

Podesta apologized for the remark in a tweet earlier Wednesday, after Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman called him out.

But Scalise said Podesta should go.

“President Obama ran to change the tone in Washington, and it’s time for him to live up to that promise by relieving Mr. Podesta of his official duties immediately,” Scalise said.

In his statement, Scalise appeared to be taking issue not only with the loaded implications of Podesta’s comparison of the House GOP to Jonestown, but also to the suggestion that President Barack Obama bypass Capitol Hill in order to execute its desired legislative agenda.

“It’s disgraceful and telling that President Obama’s new Counselor is not only comparing the Republican Party to a cult that murdered those who disagreed with them, but is also using that comparison as an argument in support of shredding the Constitution and governing like a third-world dictator,” Scalise said in his statement. “The American people will not stand by and allow the Obama White House to destroy checks-and-balances defined in the Constitution that are critical to a working democracy, and neither will Congress!

“The American people elected a divided government in Washington, and the Obama administration will do well to respect that fact instead of undermining the will of the American people at every turn.”

Jonestown has become synonymous with a group in Guyana that killed Rep. Leo Ryan, D-Calif., during a Congressional delegation visit in 1976 — and wounded Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who was then Ryan’s aide.

  • MarneyJones

    Actually, I think Podesta was right in his analysis of House GOP as a cult worthy of Jonestown.

  • Zach

    I for one share the GOP’s outrage. How dare Podesta slander the Jonestown cult by comparing them to the Tea Party?

  • Layla

    Actually, keep it up, please….you do not see the tsunami of angry Americans heading your way for the coming election. Think 2010 was a blowout? “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

    We’re sick of the whole damn bunch of you.

  • mulletville

    two thoughts:

    1) why apologize for telling the truth?
    2) gotta love the outrage. OH, THE OUTRAGE!

  • Leslie Piper

    The duly-appointed official cannot speak self-chosen truth the remainder of his time in service. Always he must clear public statements with his party/department/office chief.
    He’s learned the rules now. So instead, I would be honored to take up the languishing cudgel for truth…Nay I? AHEM:(loudly) “the current Tea-party-influenced conservative wing of the Republican party is indeed as maddened by ideology as the toxic fools at Jonestown in Guiana.I can say I know a bit about that: I lived near Oakland where the Jones’ Kids hailed from, before the Kool-Aide picnic in the jungle settled whatever business was left unfinished in the goals of one man to take over the lives of others…I know the Ts well, too: attended some of their meetings to see who’s who and what’s what. IT WAS DEPRESSING. Current ‘conservatives’ would rather Jesus’ minister or
    Rush told them the Truth so they will have something new to chant in public. They don’t seek the new, that’s for sure. And I think they’re pretty dense as to the duty implications in the 2nd Amendment, and what precisely the three duties the informal amendment has specified for it in the Sacred Consititution? Fools.
    NOTE: The Koch Boys and Jim Jones share the same pathway to Hell, just different eras, with one great difference: the Koch apparatus, in its long-term goals, adds up to one continuous serious subversion and long-term overturning attempt aimed at the US government, more and more skillfully done, and from the first John Birchers that Daddy Fred founded, to the most recent writer-hiring conservative hack stable to write conservative hack books and to take over a talk radio show, complete with a full staff of writers so you can pretend to be ‘winging it’ honestly for thirty years essentially lying more than once to your listeners…or they just work for Americans for Prosperity. Grrrr.

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