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Tommy Thompson's Son Jokes About Sending Obama Back to Kenya [Video]

Former governor says he was unaware of comment made by his son at Kenosha fundraiser on Sunday. Jason Thompson has now issued an apology.

UPDATE: Jason Thompson, former governor Tommy Thompson's son, issues an apology for a joke he made about Obama yesterday.

Speaking at a fundraiser in Kenosha on Sunday, the son of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson joked about sending President Barack Obama back to Kenya.

ORIGINAL STORY: Jason Thompson spoke at a GOP brunch attended by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and state party Chairman Brad Courtney.

As seen on a YouTube video, Jason Thompson tells supporters: "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya."

Those in the room applauded the comment, and one woman can be heard saying, "We're taking donations for that Kenya trip."

Tommy Thompson, who apparently was not at the event, told reporters Sunday night that he was unaware of his son's comment. "I haven't seen a video," he said.

Asked whether he was at the fundraiser, Tommy Thompson said: "'I don't know what you're talking about," and repeated that he hadn't seen anything.

A spokesman for Thompson's campaign told the website BuzzFeed, which first reported the incident, that Jason Thompson "said something that he should not have and he apologizes."

Thompson is locked in a tight battle for the U.S. Senate race with Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, whose campaign declined to comment on the incident.

Graeme Zielinski, communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said: "These tactics have no place in our politics and we hope Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Reince Preibus will disavow these comments immediately."

CowDung October 15, 2012 at 09:22 PM
So what type of Mormon are you, Lyle?
Watts October 15, 2012 at 09:23 PM
@Hoffa 1) you are pulling from years to come up with a couple fo examples from Democrats, when there isn't a day that goes by that the Republicans don't say something objectifying people by race, gender or religious beliefs. 2) Even in your examples, there isn't anything inherently divisive about redistribution. You may not believe in it, but there isn't anything fundamentally divisive about it. I am a business owner for the past 15 years and I always thought that we pay a ridiculously low amount of taxes and I have always had our accountants on board with us paying our fair share. Similarly, you can find multitudes of millionaires, billionaires and business owners who think similarly, all the way up to Warren Buffett. So you can only say that is divisive up to the point that some people believe that the wealthy should be putting more back into the system that enabled them to get there...and then some people don't.
Bob McBride October 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
It's kind of like mothers versus mothers-in-law, Jay. Mom's an angel, mom-in-law is the spawn of Satan. (Disclaimer: The personalities ascribed above bear absolutely no resemblance to those of persons who may have had a relationship of a similar nature to the person ascribing the same.)
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
@morninmist - Just don't go cryin to your momma when Obama/Biden/Baldwin go down in flames on November 6th!
Bren October 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Not what I was discussing...
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM
@Watts - Biden's comment was made fairly recently, and there are plenty of other examples from local as well as national players in the Democratic Party - Hoffa was just using the big ones. Because of MSM bias, not many divisive Dem comments get national or even regional attention. And if you don't consider all the class warfare rhetoric coming from the Obama/Biden campaign to be divisive, then you are clearly in denial and have drank too much of the liberal kool-aide. Please post a copy of your last tax return, with the personal info redacted, wherein it shows that you paid more than your required share of taxes because you believe that you pay too little and wanted to contribute even more than you legally owed to the government. Bottom line - if you can't do this, then you aren't for real.
WEACHATER October 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Babykit, here is your base http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CqHPZteJ7rI
WEACHATER October 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Wow we can list polls too. Take a look at this one and wipe the mist from the corner of your eye.. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57532786/poll-finds-romney-leads-by-five-points-in-swing-states/
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM
@samantha frangos - First you alleged some kind of racism here, and then make a disparaging remark about Mexico and Romney? A bit hypocritical here, don't you think? And when did Romney ever refer to Mexico as his "home country?" To the contrary, Obama has on many occasions referred to Kenya as being his "home country." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJihJBePcs If you can't see the difference, then perhaps it's your ignorance that is astounding!
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM
@Arapiklos - Romney never asserted that Mexico was his "home country," unlike Barack Obama who regularly asserts that Kenya is his "home country." Big difference!
James R Hoffa October 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM
@Walter - That Rolling Stone article is a joke - it's filled with assumptions, speculations, conjecture, supposition, hearsay and everything else other than HARD OBJECTIVE FACT! It's little more than the gutter press running a political smear/hit piece. If you're using that piece upon which to form your opinion, then you're not being very open minded or fair. When it comes to politics/ideology, Rolling Stone is as far left as Mother Jones and the Daily Kos - it's little more than biased propaganda parading as 'real' news. Try again!
Cazzie October 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Watts-feel free to donate as much as you'd like into the tax fund. I don't see Warren Buffett donating on his own either..talk is cheap!
Watts October 16, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I never said more than I had to pay. What we do as a corporation is not take advantage of any available loopholes that are commonly taken by similar corporations. And guess what, ya goofball, just because I am not going to waste that much time having accounting pull up return, edit them, create a webpage to post a link to, etc. in no way delegitimizes what we do. Your claims, logic and conclusions are childlike. Move on, because I can't be bothered dummying everything down to the troll level that you dwell at.
Jim strawn October 16, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Birthers are past tense. Even Rep Ryan's office sends out a copy of President Obama's long form birth certificate when Birthers write.
Jim strawn October 16, 2012 at 04:06 AM
What tommy Thompson's son isn't necessarily racist, but he certainly knew the significance of saying what he did. The implication that President Obama really isn't an American. The Birthers loved it.
James R Hoffa October 16, 2012 at 06:53 AM
@Watts - Hoffa gets it - you talk the talk but don't walk the walk. There's a word that describes you perfectly - hypocrite!
James R Hoffa October 16, 2012 at 06:58 AM
@A.j. Simkatu - Thompson doesn't think for Hoffa - only Hoffa thinks for Hoffa, thank you very much! And Hoffa stands by his original comment, no matter what anyone else says, because it's wholly supported by objective facts and reaches a logical conclusion premised upon those facts. Thompson is just playing it safe for political/electoral reasons.
TOM October 16, 2012 at 01:01 PM
IS THERE GOING TO BE A VOTE TAKEN? WHERE CAN WE GET BALLOTS? I KNOW OF A LOT OF DEAD PEOPLE THAT CAN VOTE.
oak creek resident October 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
LOL @ Veryvila Another brainwashed idiotic moron who pukes out the crap stuffed into its puny brain.
oak creek resident October 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
@Amanda Yeap. 98% of blacks will vote for Obama solely due to race. Racism is very much prevalent in the black community, thank you for stating that!
oak creek resident October 16, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Ettore = bertrand... 2 wackos who probably post from the insane asylum
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Thank for that well thought out comment Chazz. It shines with honesty amongst the right wing Fox watching morons comments for republican billionaires to return the country to spend, spend and more spending but for the greed and corruption that the GOP billionaires always want from the govt. Just not when a Democrat is fixing their mess. Right wing greedy policies that brought the country to a financial meltdown because of their anti-regulation is so great agenda. President Obama will need four more years to repair the harm done by Bush and his rubberstamping republicans who did not care about the deficit, or the people of America or the country prospering. Just war and more war with Iran.
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Also a great comment John.
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Yes the racists are the ones who are Kenya, Kenya and more Kenya. The fact is these people are the one who want their Social Security, their Medicare and their Medicaid that won't be there much longer. Republican Paul Ryan's budget voucherizes Medicare. He and most of the tea party in our Congress are wealthy and don't care about the middle class or the poor. They sure don't care about them having any benefits. But republicans by all means stab yourselves in the back because you only watch the republican network run by republican billionaires Richard Murdock and Roger Ailes and also owned by a Saudi Prince. Just right wing trash against President Obama and Democrats around the clock. Sadly it is the Democrats who want to protect those benefits, but they will be gone with more republicans elected and a republican president. You get what you vote for and you get what you deserve.
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 05:08 AM
You comments are right wing trash Hoffa and so are yours H.E. Spew your venom that is what republicans do best. Racism is a safe place for those who won't see the great work that President Obama did to save the American auto industry. They won't see how the Recovery Act saved over two million jobs and created many as well. They won't give the President credit for making sure he went after Osama bin Laden for killing thousands of people in New York. No they only want more republicans who want to end and cut programs but will increase the military more than the Pentagon wants. Believe you liars and face the consequences when you or your loved ones are cut off from benefits they need to live a decent life.
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Great comment Vicki. You are one great woman for honesty and decency which the GOP has little if any left. Women should reject all the republican attempts against birth control, family planning and Planned Parenthood. They should know that the republicans instead of doing one thing after taking over Congress in 2010 on jobs. They did not work one minute to create any jobs. They lied. But they did go right after women's rights to decide what they can do concerning birth control, invitro-fertilization and abortion. Voting 300 times against the Affordable Care Act really magnifies how little these right wing republicans spent in any way doing the people's business of helping the country. It was non-existent.
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Yes birthers loved it. Just like all the people around Romney would have loved it. Just like all the people around most republicans would love it. We who are not republicans are sickened by the low information people who have no facts and have no decency and won't look up the facts that they are determined to believe but that are lies.
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Arthurp No President Obama is a U.S. citizen and believe me if he was not he would not be the President of the United States of America. To be the president you have to meet many requirements and one is being a U.S. citizen, but to you idiots that will never meet with your low information and very unintelligent minds. I hate birthers and I hate ignorance but there is a lot of ignorance in the republican party and many of you commenters are a big success for the GOP billionaires who want people to be ignorant and believe their lies and not have the sense to see that the GOP is for billionaires and no one else.
Veryvila October 28, 2012 at 05:47 AM
This is the republican base. They want those lies and want to believe those lies. It works so well for the party of republican billionaires.
Cazzie October 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM
veryvila-who is misinformed. You think that everyone voting GOP is a billionaire?? I make $11 an hour..really a rich person. This election is about who holds my values; and it is not Baldwin. She voted 4 times against Iran sanctions, voted against an appropriations bill for military funding that gave them body armour, ammo, weapons, etc. and also included hurricane relief and border security..all things I am for. The billionaire comments are repeated rhetoric from your news sources MSNBC and the other left wing propaganda news. Since when has working hard to be successful been a bad thing-Since Barrack Obama has been in the White House. Now success is scorned. Romney donated 30% to charity-are you saying he doesn't care? What a dolt you are. All the nasty stuff the Dems have done-the latest stuff is beat up Chad Lee's campaign manager, and Sen. Neal Kedzie's son was also beat up when he yelled to a liberal tearing his Romney sign out of his yard. Physical violence-and your worried about a Kenya statement. Go watch Obama's 2016 and then let's talk. I dare you.

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