I asked a few of my progressive friends, who never listen to talk radio because they believe it spreads the plague through the airwaves, whether they think the conservative hosts fill air time by discussing whether they'd execute Obama.
Most said, yes, they could see talk radio hosts saying this.
But actually, I'd never heard a radio yapper say it, and I listen to a lot of talk radio.
That is, until it came from the mouth of KLZ 560-AM's morning-show host Steve Curtis, a former chair of the Colorado Republican Party and death penalty advocate.
During a show earlier this year, he asked his co-hosts what they'd do with Obama, if they could "take over the government today."
Curtis: I'd imprison him. I might execute him, if I were to take over the nation today. This is just, you know, one of the things I think about. What does this man deserve for the hatred, the bitterness, the division, the lack of strength with which he has led this country, the way that he has weakened our defenses, the way that he has excused the bad behavior of our enemies -- and I mean the enemies of the country from both within and without?
I emailed Curtis, told him I was writing a blog post, and asked if he wanted "to explain or clarify your recent comment that you might execute Obama if you were in charge of the government?"
I was hoping he would say he was joking, but, instead I got:
"I think the statement and the question that follows stand on their own within the context in which they were made," replied Curtis.
He invited me to talk about it on his show. I accepted this offer, and he told me on air that he'd at least give Obama a trial. Which was reassuring, sort of.
But he actually thinks Obama might deserve execution for a number of reasons.
You can read a transcript of Curtis' comments for yourself below.
HOST STEVE CURTIS: If you are able to take over the government today, what would you do with Obama? What would you- I mean, what would you do with him? Would you do anything? I'd imprison him. I might execute him, if I were to take over the nation today. This is just, you know, one of the things I think about. What does this man deserve for the hatred, the bitterness, the division, the lack of strength with which he has led this country, the way that he has weakened our defenses, the way that he has excused the bad behavior of our enemies -- and I mean the enemies of the country from both within and without? What would you do with this guy? And then, what would you do with his administration? And what would you do with the Congress of the United States? I mean, if you if you could just wave your wand today, any ideas?
CO-HOST DAN MUERER: Well, I don't know if I'd go as far as execution, but I'd sure - I'd like to throw them all in prison. I mean, or send him back to Kenya, or Indonesia. He's not a traditional American. Not at all. He doesn't have the point of view of a traditional American.
CURTIS: Well, I'm not sure that he's an American.
MUERER: He's - he's --. [laughs] Well, --.
CURTIS: No, I'm serious.
MUERER: It's true!
CO-HOST ANDY PETH: There's only one reason I question him being an American citizen. Okay?
CURTIS: What's that?
PETH: And I'm not a birther or any of this. Because he claims to be. I mean, this guy-he lies! Everything he says is a lie! And the simple fact that he claims to be an American citizen, that's the only thing that actually makes me question if he is. Who seals their birth records? Who even does that? I mean, what, did he -
CURTIS: And college records and everything else. Yeah!
MUERER: They're all sealed.
PETH: Yeah! Is he trying to cover up for a crime? Did he knock over a 7-Eleven on the day of his birth? I mean, what is he trying to cover up here? This is ridiculous. And do I know he wasn't born [inaudible] I have no clue! I don't care!
MUERER: Nobody knows.
PETH: But, I'm just like, the biggest liar I have ever seen in my life claims to be a U.S. citizen? That's the only thing to make me question it.
MUERER: Well, I like to call him the Keynesian from Kenya!
PETH: Yeah! There you go!