[O]ne of McCain’s supporters, a middle-aged white woman identified by the Reuters news agency as Gayle Quinnell, told the Arizona senator to his face, “I don’t trust Obama. I have read about him. He’s an Arab.”
Stunned by Quinnell’s remark, McCain shook his head in disagreement, took the microphone back from Quinnell and told her, “No, ma’am. He’s [Obama’s] a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with [him] on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign is all about.”
Many in the almost all-white crowd immediately booed him. That, in turn, visibly angered McCain. “Look, I don’t want to see Senator Obama become the next president,” He told the crowd. “But I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States.”
That comment drew a second — and louder — cascade of boos.
Earlier, an unidentified man told McCain, “Frankly, we’re scared, we’re scared of an Obama presidency.” He said he was especially worried that “someone who cohorts with domestic terrorists” might be in a position to choose Supreme Court justices.
The incident at McCains Lakewille town meeting was the latest in a series of angry — and at times hateful — outbursts against Obama at campaign rallies of McCain and Palin in recent days, with shouts of “Traitor,” “Terrorist,” “Treason,” and “Liar” to describe Obama ringing out among the almost exclusively white crowds as the GOP nominees have repeatedly hammered away at Obama’s relationship with former 1960s radical William Ayres.
More ominously, however, some of the more hot-headed McCain-Palin supporters openly called for Obama to be killed, with shouts of “Off with his head” and “Kill him” ringing out from the crowds.
Until Friday’s incident, neither McCain nor Palin had challenged the hotheads, even when the Secret Service opened a preliminary investigation into whether the person at a Palin rally in Clearwater, FL, on Monday who shouted “Kill him” had actually made a death threat against the Democrat, which would be a crime under federal law.
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