The U.S. Secret Service reportedly will investigate a statement by Al Baldasaro, a Republican state lawmaker from New Hampshire who is a delegate to the GOP Convention and an adviser to nominee Donald Trump, for telling radio listeners that Hillary Clinton should be shot.
The setting was a radio program, reported BuzzFeed, hosted by Jeff Kuhner on Tuesday. He asked Baldasaro if he thought the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee bore responsibility for those who died in the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
“I’m a veteran who went to Desert Shield, Desert Storm. I’m also a father who sent a son to war, to Iraq, as a Marine Corps helicopter avionics technician. Hillary Clinton, to me, is the Jane Fonda of the Vietnam,” said Baldasaro. Fonda has in recent years expressed regret for her trip to Hanoi in 1972 — telling Vanity Fair it was a “huge, huge mistake” — a political act that won her the label, “Hanoi Jane” and condemnation as a betrayer of American soldiers.
And to Baldasaro, Clinton is to be condemned as well, calling her “a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi. She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back up security. Something’s wrong there. This whole thing disgusts me,” Baldasaro said, concluding: “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
The former marine made headlines in 2011, when he said he was disgusted by an out marine who asked a question of President Obama and Mitt Romney about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell during their presidential debate, and praised those in the audience who booed Stephen Hill for saying he was gay.
On Wednesday, Baldasaro doubled-down on his statements, telling WMUR.com he was glad that his comments on the radio had gone viral.
“I’m a military man first, and anyone who takes information about our CIA or Secret Service and people at our embassy and puts it out on a server where anyone can grab it, putting Americans in danger to be killed, should be held accountable.”
“As far as I’m concerned, it is treason and the penalty for treason is the firing squad – or maybe it’s the electric chair now,” Baldasaro said.
Also Wednesday, WMUR reported that the chairman of New Hampshire’s Democratic party called for Baldasaro’s resignation from the legislature, and likened his style to the GOP nominee.
“Al Baldasaro’s comments that Secretary Clinton should be ‘put in the firing line and shot’ are disgusting, offensive and frighteningly commonplace in the party of Trump,” Raymond Buckley told the TV station.
“By repeatedly praising someone like Al Baldasaro in the past, Donald Trump has lifted up the worst of the New Hampshire Republican Party and shown exactly what kind of company he intends to keep as president.”