Another South Carolina politician who just can’t control himself. GOP Rep. Joe Wilson of S.C. yelled “You lie!” at Obama in the middle of the President’s Health Care speech to Congress earlier today when the President mentioned that the legislation he was proposing would NOT mandate coverage for illegal immigrants.
For the record, the non-partisan organization FactCheck.org has debunked the claim that health care reform would mandate such coverage.
Immediately following the President’s speech, Sen. John McCain stated that Wilson’s outburst was “totally disrespectful — [there’s] no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.”
And so Wilson did:
“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”
Well, I certainly hope that in addition to his apology, Mr. Wilson makes another public statement detailing exactly how the President has lied so that we may determine whether or not Mr. Wilson’s proclamation, one which he clearly still stands behind, is truthful in and of itself.
It does feel a bit like the pot calling the kettle black to me as many on the conservative side of the aisle have been spreading misinformation at an alarming rate about Obama’s health care plan.
And perhaps Mr. Wilson and Mr. Sanford could get together to discuss how best to control their destructive urges and stop embarrassing South Carolina before having to deliver public apologies for their misbehavior becomes the state’s norm.