Candidate defends 'hang him high' Tweet aimed at President Obama
5:37 PM, Jan 21, 2014
8:44 AM, Jan 22, 2014
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A Pinellas County man running for a seat in the Florida legislature is standing behind a Tweet where he wrote it's time to arrest the President and "hang him high."
Josh Black says he did not expect all the attention he got over his Tweet. He's says he's Tweeted negatively about the President before and he's not backing down on his opinions.
"I'm not threatening the President. I'm saying justice should be served," said Black.
Black says he was having a Twitter conversation with others who oppose many of the President's actions on Monday.
And in regards to deadly drone strikes against US citizens in the middle east, Black wrote, "I'm past impeachment. It's time to arrest and hang him high."
He says he was referring to President Barrack Obama.
"I believe that every murder should face the death penalty. When George Zimmerman took out Trayvon Martin everyone wanted justice, ok, so we stick him in front of a jury and put him on trial and we give the evidence to a jury and we see what they say. If they say guilty. Death penalty," said Black.
The man currently in office, Dwight Dudley says it's stunning enough that anyone would tweet about hanging the President, but he was shocked it turned out be his opponent in the race to represent District 68.
"I think people reveal themselves in what they say. They reveal there true feelings and beliefs, I hope he doesn't truly believe that the President should be hung. I think that's outrageous and wrong," said Dudley.
Among others lashing out at Black, house candidate Chris Latvala. He took to Twitter, writing "I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment."
Black, a former street minister, now drives a taxi to make a living,
He says all this attention is weighing hard on him and his pregnant wife. But he spent Tuesday answering to his Tweet and even meeting with the Secret Service.
He says he isn't in any trouble with the government or anyone else.
"When you say something you got to own it. And I said what I said, and I'm gonna own it," Black said.
Because of all the negative attention, he did resign from the Republican Executive Committee in Pinellas County, but he is still continuing his campaign for the State House as a Republican candidate.