September 29th, 2009
08:27 PM ET
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Franks aide clarifies 'enemy of humanity' comment

In a recent speech to conservative activists, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks said President Obama was 'an enemy of humanity.'
In a recent speech to conservative activists, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks said President Obama was 'an enemy of humanity.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A spokeswoman for a Republican congressman who called President Obama "an enemy of humanity" said Tuesday that he should have clarified that he was talking about the president's policies on abortion.

Bethany Haley, a spokeswoman for Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, told CNN on Tuesday the congressman was actually referring to "unborn humanity" - a specific reference to the president's policies on abortion.

Franks used the term in a speech to conservative activists Saturday in St. Louis, pointing to Obama's decision to aid international family planning clinics that perform abortions.

"A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can't do that right, then he has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity," Franks said.

Franks' speech was recorded by the liberal group People for the American Way.

In an interview with the Washington Independent after the speech, Franks also renewed a call for Obama to produce a copy of his birth certificate to end the questions by "birthers" who doubt the president's birthplace. Franks said he had once considered filing a lawsuit to get it, but did his own investigation and became convinced that the president was born in the United States.

Haley called the controversy a "silly debate" and said it is "ridiculous that the president doesn't just produce [the birth certificate] and make it go away." In the interview, Franks implied that the president might be trying to hide something else.

"Probably, Barack Obama could solve this problem and make the birthers, you know, back off, by simply showing us his long-form birth certificate," Franks said. "That'd solve the problem. There's some other issue, I don't know what it is, that he doesn't want people to see the birth certificate on."


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  1. Pam

    Could I get even more disgusted with the idiocy of these republicans? It's like this country is divided in half...half (or less than half) being progressive, intelligent, humane, practical, and the other half a bunch of regressive Joe McCarthy-like
    morons. No public option. No abortion rights. I'm so sick of these people. I know who the real enemies of humanity are...they're called republicans.

    September 29, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. chris

    The far right NEVER misses a chance to prove how uneducated they are and how far removed from reality they remain.

    This is laughable but it's more stirring the pot from the far right pandering to the least educated among them to get them riled up in an effort to turn to violence.

    These people are a threat to America's sovereignty (google it, republicans) and even more so than Al Qaeda ever was to domestic soil

    September 29, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Send a roll of foil to this guy so he can make a nice hat!

    September 29, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Frank Trent is the biggest moron on capital hill.

    Personally I believe that he should be put on trial for treason, he calls himself a right wing republican but Frank Trent has alot of skeltons in his closet that's about to come out.

    September 29, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Andy

    Stupid statement....should have just said he is a killer. I think everyone in this country needs to see a late trimester abortion video. Then all the crap that supports that stuff will at least know what they are proponents of. Abortion proponents are NAZI's, pure and simple. It's not humanity that will judge these killers....If you support abortion, pray every day that there is no God....pray hard that he does not exist.....

    September 29, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Steve

    He is an enemy of humanity and also an enemy of the American way of life.

    September 29, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. KC

    And people will belive this guy. This is why I no longer identify with the GOP.

    September 29, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. another stupid liberal

    By his own words, he should support health care for all, otherwise he is an 'enemy of humanity'.

    September 29, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. nate

    Whats with the face dude? Oh what? My bad...

    September 29, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. kofi agyekum

    I want to know if Obama have directed women to abort thier baby. Why didnt George Bush abolish abortion in his 8 yrs of complete control of the three branches of government? Republican use abortion as tool to get funds and get elected but do nothing about it when they are in office.
    Any against Humanity ? , come again mr.

    September 29, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Philip Night

    If religion is the grounds for ANY of a person's political beliefs, I'm afraid I cannot take that person seriously.

    September 29, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. bradley

    Enemy of humanity? Wow. Amazing display of ignorance. Republicans will fight for their guns which kill more people every day and fight for war and killing babies and children every day in Irag but when our president wants to fund clinics that MOSTLY deal with contraception and protecting women from AIDS and other sexual diseases and yes, also perform abortions for those women who need them, then it is a crime against humanity?

    Give me a break. God help this country and protect us from these hypocritical republican fools.

    September 29, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. PK California

    The GOP has to turn FOX off!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Casey

    Let the GOP-Brains keep opening their mouths. They constantly insert their feet and thus dig a bigger grave for themselves.

    September 29, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. BG

    We finally have an intelligent, articulate, thoughtful president, and these people continue to villify him. It's really sad. Disagree on policy, that's fine, but stop the name calling and demonizing.

    September 29, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. vicki

    what century are you living in JILLI? You are a really you know what......you know what you are incaput

    September 29, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Chandler

    Republicans have taken our country down a horrible path. First, during the past 8 years they spend wildly with no accountability. They give away TRILLIONS in tax cuts, TRILLIONS in subsidies to insurance companies, with out figuring out how to pay for that in the budget. Then, when they fall out of power, they degrade our society by championing such disgraceful discourse (tea baggers, birthers, hilter signs, and non-factual information.) It is so sad how far they are willing to go.

    September 29, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. vicki

    actually I was refer to you all liberal in the nut house

    September 29, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. m smith

    Just plane sick of the repos in general. Worthless bunch of good ol boy's with no new ideas just a lot of bad mouthing. All these high morals from a bunch that cheats on their mates calls the president names and will not bow to the majority of the people. Health care now.

    September 29, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. JR

    Yeah,,, whatever....

    Isn't this type of defamation getting to be the norm in politics or what? First these dudes spout some "defamatory" phrase or whatever, then they "clarify it", "that;s not what we really meant to say". Small wonder we don't get much useful work out of these people...

    But the damage is done. They get their "message" across and the spin machine and the rumor mills do the rest... They get their visceral "knee jerk" reaction from a public who could care less about the "clarification"... only the attack...

    Politics in this country is heading for an all time low...

    September 29, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. MD

    Well...what he said was true. He is...

    September 29, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    So where are the Jobs, Same place the SO CALLED president is.

    GONE on anoter vacation and not taking care of the American people.

    Obama and his private agendas,

    Obama's Just another welfare case living free on our tax dollars and not doing his job. Whats next for him, on the corner with a beer and begging.

    September 29, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. MD

    Obama is UnConstitutional.

    (and he lies)

    September 29, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. justin

    Are idiot republicans (lower case r now) going to make a big deal out of this and try to raise money?

    September 29, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. marcus (seattle)

    why does CNN waste our time with articles like this ?? as if i expect any republicans to say anything good about obama.. so what ?? i think dick cheney was as big an enemy of humanity as bin laden himself... let me know when rahm emanuel says obama is the enemy of humanity... til then, quit wasting my time with the platantly subjective rantings of the republican party... it's not news...

    September 29, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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