Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald, Jr. thought it was funny at a St. Patrick’s Day event to joke about killing the president.
McDonald offered a joke about Barack Obama being visited in a dream by three past presidents, who offered advice on how to improve the country. Lincoln’s advice: “Go to the theater.”
Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who McDonald supports to replace John Kerry in the Senate, refused to distance himself from that remark. Sullivan’s campaign issued this statement to Think Progress:
The people of Plymouth County know Sheriff McDonald to be a fine man and a very hard-working, accomplished sheriff. Mike didn’t hear the joke but urges great care on such topics. Movies and books were written that fantasized about assassinating President George W. Bush, but hardly an eyebrow was raised. Mike, for his part, has spent much of his adult lifetime protecting life and speaking softly from his own heart. He’ll continue to do that throughout the campaign and continues to appreciate the service of Sheriff McDonald.