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Secret Service could NOT confirm cries of "kill him!"

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in response to reader comment: The Phenomenon of Crowds Around American Political Leaders And Advocates

Submitted by AmericanVoter (United States), Nov 20, 2008 at 16:50

Dear Ms Sterm

Re your claim: "The only rallies, which promoted violence, were those conducted by McCain and Palin, where cries to kill Barack Obama were heard..."

At exactly which GOP rallies did people yell to kill Barack Obama? In fact the Secret Service investigated both the allegation that "kill him" was yelled at a Scranton PA GOP rally and the allegation that "kill him" was yelled at a Clearwater FL GOP rally, and found that that there IS NO EVIDENCE to support the claim that "kill him" was shouted at EITHER rally.

When they listened to tapes of those rallies, in both cases Secret Service heard "tell him" but could NOT confirm "kill him." "Kill him" and "tell him" of course, can be easily confurse. Look it up on Google yourself Ms. Stern: Eileen Sullivan of the AP (not exactly an anti-Obama media source) under "Secret Service investigating report of Obama threat at GOP rally." http://www.wgntv.com/print_landing?blockID=101538&feedID=21&

Most disturbing about this is that Obama himself has perpetuated the unsupported claim that GOP rally attendees yelled "kill him" about himself during the third debate, essentially smearing McCain and Palin with a false charge of racism. I have been appalled by the extent to which Obama has played the "racism card" (not the same as the "race card") over and over during the campaign, in order to garner sympathy from voters who would not normally support someone with his slim, partisan and very left-wing record.

If racism is as immoral as Obama supporters tell us it is, then it is likewise immoral to for him and others to accuse people of it lightly, without good evidence, just as you don't frivolously or falsely accuse someone of stealing, or assault. Re your claim: "If you attended McCain's rally in Philadelphia, PA, you would have heard those cries to kill Barack Obama.." If you indeed personally heard someone yell "kill him" about Obama at a Philadelphia PA rally (and you are not just recycling the discredited claim about the Scranton PA GOP rally), by all means, Ms. Stern, you should inform the Secret Service. But since I have been unable to confirm by searching the Internet your claim about "kill him" at the Philadelphia rally, could you please confirm time, date, and an Internet account of the alleged "kill him" directed at Obama during that Philadelphia rally?

Submitting....

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