- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A black Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 faced serious backlash Monday after he tweeted that he agreed with a statement that President Obama should be arrested and hanged.

Joshua Black tweeted “Agreed” to a statement by another Twitter user who wrote, “I’m past impeachment. It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”

Republican candidate for House District 67, Chris Latvala, was quick to condemn the comment, tweeting at Mr. Black: “You aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you? I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment.”

“Execution is the appropriate punishment for traitors,” Mr. Black responded. “Don’t you have a race? Don’t you have a primary? #MindYourOwnBusiness?”

“I make it my business when so called GOP candidates become an embarrassment to my beloved party,” Mr. Latvala replied. “You need to go take your medicine #TinFoilHat #Crazy.”

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Mr. Black, 31, moved to Florida in 2007 after practicing street evangelism in St. Louis and works as a taxi driver.

He later took to his Facebook page to clarify his controversial remarks.

“To everyone who was offended that I said that the POTUS should be hanged for treason … I make no apologies for saying that the President is not above the People. If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he,” the Republican said.

“So, don’t stop at impeachment. Remove him. Try him before a jury (the very right that he arbitrarily denied to al-Awaki and his 15-year-old son), and, upon his sure convictions, execute him. Thus has he done, thus it should be done to him,” he concluded.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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