In 2004, Al Franken told the sign-language interpreter working at the Republican convention that he should have communicated to Al-Qaeda how to sneak into the White House to assassinate President George Bush.
FRANKEN: “You what would have been a really funny, stupid thing to do? Would have been, like, Al-Qaeda friends of mine, I’ve scoped out the place, the way to get the President is to come through the Kitchen, which is downstairs.”
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After finishing his joke, Franken lets out a huge laugh…”HA-HA!”
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey had this to say about the tasteless joke back in 2008:
I can already hear the objections. Franken is a satirist! He was joking! He’s paid to make people laugh! Er, yeah … but then Franken was also a political commentator, and now he wants to serve in the US Senate, so his judgment in this is fair game. If he’s such a hater that the notion of AQ assassinating George Bush is funny, that shows just how far outside the mainstream Franken is, and how poor his judgment can be.
Does Franken really believe that joking about presidential assassinations is in good taste, ever? Because in a Barack Obama administration, I doubt that Franken’s allies will find it funny. Neither will I, or most everyone I know.