Foster Friess put his foot in his mouth (again) when he said, "There are a lot of things that haven't been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other; now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bulletproof."
After making the statement, Friess, a billionaire former Santorum-turned-Romney supporter, added, "I probably shouldn't have said that," during an interview with Fox Business News, as reported by the Huffington Post. He later told ABC News that he regretted his words immediately after he said them.
Obviously, Friess was not threatening or advocating violence toward the President. The progressive blogs are all over it, many speculating whether the comment was met as a threat or comparing Friess statement to the infamous Sarah Palin "target" map, which many on the left tried to make a connection with the map and the shooting of Gabby Giffords.
Addicting Info, a site claiming to be a "resource to discredit all the lies and propaganda that the right-wing spreads," wrote about Friess:
"...another conservative is once again using gun rhetoric to make a "joke" about President Obama...For some reason, Republicans feel that it is perfectly acceptable to use gun imagery when talking about the Obama administration. It's almost as if they want to encourage an assassination attempt or send a threatening message to President Obama to let Republicans have their way, or else. This is a kind of dangerous rhetoric that causes tragedies such as the Gabby Giffords shooting in Arizona."
Gabrielle Giffords shooter, Jared Loughner was described by a friend as a "left-wing pothead", but why do facts matter?
In February, Foster Friess created a stir when he told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that "back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly." His statement came back to haunt Rick Santorum, who was fighting the ridiculous notion that he would ban contraception as president.
Friess should be more careful. In this politically correct world, anything one says is subject to be twisted and taken out of context, taking away from the real issues.
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