Oklahoma GOPer Says Hillary Clinton Deserves ‘Firing Squad’

An Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma on Tuesday appeared to call for Hillary Clinton’s assassination in a Facebook post, a remark he later brushed off as just sarcasm.

The Oklahoman reported that State Rep. John Bennett (R) wrote “2 words … firing squad” in the post, which linked to a conservative blog criticizing Clinton for the deaths of four Americans in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

The paper reported that Bennett sent them a text message saying the post was meant to be sarcastic, but also that Clinton “has committed nothing less than treason by leaving fellow Americans to die in Benghazi.”

“If anyone else had done that they would be charged with treason and thrown under the jail at a minimum, and a firing squad likely,” he wrote to the Oklahoman.

In another text message to the paper, Bennett wrote that he “wouldn’t wish death on anyone. It just frustrates me to no end that these folks were abandoned in Benghazi.”

Bennett, who is seeking re-election, presided over a state House interim study on radical Islam last week where speakers branded both the director of the local Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter and a local imam as terrorists.

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