Commentary: Rammell's remarks have no place in civil discourse

Rex Rammell was already a fringe candidate for governor — before he began pandering to the lunatic fringe.

But on Tuesday, when a woman at a Republican meeting in Twin Falls remarked about buying a hunting permit and shooting a president, Rammell had the bad taste and horrific judgment to play along.

"The Obama tags?" said Rammell. "We'd buy some of those."

This deplorable rabble-rousing has no place in civil public discourse. And if that seems to state the obvious, consider this. On Thursday, Rammell told the Associated Press that he was only being sarcastic and sees no need to apologize.

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