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Rep. Speciale’s offensive attack on President Obama getting national attention

Michael SpecialeA remarkable story from the General Assembly lost in the ongoing budget blitz was the shocking slur against President Obama posted on Facebook by State Rep. Michael Speciale of Craven County. For a refresher on the kind of policy positions to which Speciale frequently gives voice, check out this post from a couple of years back.

As Raleigh’s News & Observer reported yesterday:

Outspoken Republican state Rep. Michael Speciale of New Bern took to Facebook this month to share an obscenity-filled comment about President Barack Obama.

“Look you Islamic son of a bitch” begins the quote Speciale shared on his public Facebook page Sept. 5. “Unless you give all your land back to the native Indians, don’t pretend to lecture Israeli’s (sic) about our borders when you can’t control your own.”

The quote isn’t from Speciale himself. He posted an image of Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Facebook that featured the comment. The image appeared on a page called “1 MILLION People to DEFEAT Barack Obama.” It’s unclear where the quote originated.

“Are you going to do something about (Islamic State terrorists),” the comment concludes, “or should Israel show you how it’s done because you are too much of a coward and the most piss poor excuse for an American president in your Great Nation’s history.”

Not surprisingly, this is likely not the end of the story. Though WNCN reported this morning that Speciale will not be apologizing or even commenting on the matter, the issue is now percolating into the national news. This morning, the national journal Foreign Policy highlighted the matter and posted the image on its website. It seems certain that other national news outlets will follow up.

Let’s fervently hope that Rep Speciale comes to his senses and issues a sincere apology ASAP and/or that Speaker Moore and Gov. McCrory demand it.

7 Comments


  1. Alex Jones

    September 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

  2. mary jones

    September 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    He won’t apologize. He’ll be cheered by his supporters just as they have cheered Kim Davis and Donald Trump.The meaner, the uglier, the more vocal you are, the better in this new world order.There is no more civility or respect any more…so shameful!Yet, I bet he’ll be in church on Sunday…

  3. diane black

    September 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Mr Speciale – Shame on you for your rude, crude comments. You are an embarrassment to the citizens of NC. If you can’t express yourself with decorum and dignity, you are not deserving of the office which you occupy. You owe an apology to our President as well as the citizens of NC.

  4. Laurie

    September 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    It is unfortunate, but we do seem to have an extremely vocal minority that want to be our governance. I will say, I have seen them fail miserably at this role, I can only hope their districts find the same.

  5. Cathryn

    September 15, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    But that presumes he has senses.

  6. Gurpreet

    September 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I just called his office, 919-733-5853. He nor his aide (his wife, I believe) didn’t pick up, it went straight to voice mail. I left a message saying:
    1) This is not true, President Obama is not a follower of Islam.
    2) It disrespects President Obama.
    3) It disrespects the office of the Presidency.
    4) It disrespects the majority of American people who voted him into office.
    Finally, that I am very upset and offended, as a tax-paying U.S. Citizen, that he, an elected representative, would ever say such a thing.

    I urge everyone reading this post to call his office and repudiate him!

  7. David E. Turner

    September 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

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