Joshua Black, a GOP candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, called on January 21st (better known as Martin Luther King Day) for President Barack Obama to be hanged.
Via a Twitter account already full of conspiracy theories and calls for impeachment, Black responded to fellow impeachment advocates by saying he is "past impeachment. It's time to arrest and hang him high."
The remarks even incurred criticism from fellow Florida Republicans, with fellow candidate Chris Latvala responding: "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. #BenedictArnold #ReadAmericanHistory #criminalpoliticians," he responded.
Later, Black tried to silence his critics in a more lengthy post on his Facebook page, in which he invoked the name of Jesus to justify his desire to have Obama murdered.
"This would be exactly what the President has done to others," he said, referring to previously named conspiracy theories, "and, as Jesus said, 'the measure ye mete, it shall be metted to you again.' I make no apologies for saying the President is not above the people. If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he."
The two obvious problem, of course, are that nobody has ever asserted that Obama is above the people, and Joshua Black has yet to provide anything beyond his own insistence that Obama is guilty of treason.
Slapping #BenedictArnold at the end of a Facebook post does not magically make it true.