September 29th, 2009
08:27 PM ET
5 years ago

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. zaitrancer

    "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......

    Actually, no one alive today has the ability to see the image of a God or gods because the only way he/she/they exist is metaphorically as a figment of imagination in the minds of believers based on their individual interpretations and perceptions of the holy books of their respective religions.

    September 29, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    REPUBLICANS: keep your religion out of my Governement .. YOU are a bunch of hypocrytes, more worried about what happens BEFORE birth than AFTER birth. You say anything just to make money from other bigots. That wont work anymore. Its a done deal

    September 29, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. scott

    The GOP are the modern day neo-fascists. The Republicans are the enemies of mother earth!

    September 29, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. David P. Kronmiller

    First – separation of church of state. Not everyone worships the exact same god – not even in Christianity – and the right wing need to be taught about what freedom of religion means – it's not just freedom to practice only their religion and no one else's.

    Second – abortion – if the GOP was serious about abortion they would have done something about it – they haven't – it's a tool they use to manipulate people into voting for them and it needs to stop. For me personally – I'm pro-choice but I don't like abortion – just don't think it's the fed's right to dictate health needs to a woman. As for when life begins – there are those of us who believe it begins when the soul is created and that the body is just a vessel for the soul – something I picked up in my christian up bringing.

    September 29, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Patriot

    Time for the civil war to begin! Kill the wingnuts and do your country a favor!

    September 29, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. I am Newt's ex wife

    I am so fed up with GOP self-righteousness......spare me from the fear mongering and the blatant attacks on the President

    September 29, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Fed up with Republican liars

    It is always amazing how the American Nazi party, oh, sorry, "Republicans", manage to accuse others of their own faults and use the bible to beat sensible people up with their lies. This man needs to be prosecuted for slander.

    September 29, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Colin

    It is this kind of irresponsible rhetoric by ranking politicians which is inciting conservatives and right-wing nuts to be disrespecting the presidency. It is time all these politicians, all of them, (left right and independents) become exemplary in speech and action. Esteem the presidency inspite of your like or dislike of the President, and if/when you do, you will never be disrespectful of the President !

    September 29, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. MatthewDetroit

    It is a fact that BARACK is truly PRO Abortion.
    Cant really deny that can we.

    He was instrumental in laws in Illinois that Stopped Doctors from assisting babies born alive after Botched abortions.

    He does not value life.

    September 29, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. NHPatriot

    Oh he had it right the first time. He is the antichrist as far as I'm concerned. He and Bush will bankrupt this country and turn us into a socialist state.

    September 29, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Excuse me, but how idiotic do they think we are when they say that Trent Franks "should have clarified that he was talking about the president's policies on abortion." Here are his exact words: "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." There is no mistake about it. The context of the congressman's words is personally directed against Barack Obama. This congressman owes Barack Obama an apology, not an explanation. And who is he to put himself in the place of judging President Obama in the place of God. Better yet, who are the members or the religious right to put themselves in the place of judging us in the place of God. God alone is judge of all the earth, not those who think they are His sole representatives.

    September 29, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Jim, San Antonio

    These Republicans are CRAZY! Their holier-than-thou attitude is disgusting.

    September 29, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. Burt

    You Cons are complete idiots plain and simple. Just go turn on fox news and leave the rest of the worl alone

    September 29, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. Tom

    The GOP would be ALL OVER THIS if a Democrat had said such a thing to Pres. Bush.

    In fact, that's what they did for eight years... en masse. It was NOT OK to criticize or question Bush "The CIC" "During a Time of War" "Unpatriotic" "Treason".

    Now, they do the EXACT OPPOSITE.

    Give them credit, the GOP does coordinated outrage very, very well... see Acorn, "Death Panels", Govt. "Takeover", "Sociialism"... etc.

    They call on Obama or any other Democratic Leader to "DENOUNCE" Pelosi, or Carter, or anyone else who even speaks truth.

    This guy, Franks, actually SPEAKS TREASON, and you won't hear a word, one peep.

    September 29, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. jw

    I feel very sad that Americans do not repect and support it's own elected President. Yes, you can disagree with him but we should show some respects. If we, Americans, do not respect Obama, how on earth will other countries repect America and it's people? Can't you all see that America is losing it's influence to the world and yet, we continue to blast our own President.

    September 29, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Susan - Canada

    I feel sorry for your President.....nobody seems to have his "back". He is after all, in my opinion, doing the best he can. I think your Republicans are all a bunch of jerks!

    September 29, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    A sad and pathetic attempt to backtrack from a hateful statement. Enough already.

    September 29, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. kate (KS)

    The republicans keep coming up with names for our President.
    This President was dealt a full plate from the previous administration that the republicans should be helping him straighten out. Instead they are against everything this President wants to do. \Just who is the REAL "enemy of humanity." Hmmm...Republicans???

    September 29, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Kansas Hawk

    For starters, it is obvious this guy did not get elected on looks, then I realize from what came out of his mouth he could not have gotten elected on his speaking ability or political savey. So what state has that many uneducated idiots to elect this guy or did he run without showing his face? On a more serious level, our children do as we do and the last few years treating people with no respect has become the norm. When I was a kid you would have been sent to the principals office for yelling out "you Lie" in the middle of anyone's talk, same for telling someone to go "f" themselves. This is just another example. Who are they going to blame when kids show no respect to persons in authority? There was a day when Hatch and Dole treated Kennedy and others across the isle and vis versa with respect even if they differed completely on the issues. We need to start giving congress detentions. Maybe we would get more done with the "bad" kids out of the room.

    September 29, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. Kevin Cantu

    Republicans need to get off the abortion thing already. I'm sorry but its like constantly beating a dead horse over and over again. Me personally I'm against it but at the same time trying to introduce amendments to over turn it and trying to constantly over turn Roe v. Wade would be the worst thing that could happen. Republicans need to help figure out this health care reform instead of worrying so much about what a woman does with her womb. I've never seen so much obsession about a woman's private parts before in my life. I mean come on. As for Obama trying to get the Olympics in Chicago. I see it like this. If it helps stimulate the local economy there then why bash him about??? I mean wouldn't Republicans want Chicago to get some revenue coming in to the city or is just because they hate Obama that much?

    September 29, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. jr

    Trent Franks must also think that he himself is an enemy of humanity. After all, he supports the Iraq War, which has killed uncounted thousands of innocent civilians, including children, for literally no reason at all. When a "pro-life" Republican pipes up, guaranteed they are the moral equivalent of a serial killer themselves. Abortion = bad; killing born people = great. There's a 100 percent Christian Coalition vote-approval rating congressman for you.

    September 29, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Tell you what, Republicans – Take care of the living first – the ones who are actually out here, living, breathing, established connections w/ the families, communities if you so much care for your fellow human beings.

    The so called 'unborn' will go back to God – so don't worry about them. They will reincarnate into this earth again if they wish to return to this earth, so don't worry about them.

    Besides, we have too many people down here. Overpopulation – that's our problem.

    September 29, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Evan Caster

    Another mental case.
    What a moron!

    September 29, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Luke Brown

    These Republicans can't stand that Obama got elected President and they will do whatever it takes to tear him down

    September 29, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Seth Hill

    I was depressed for a long time when the World Weekly News ("Batboy Found In Cave," "Clinton Appoints Alien To Cabinet," "Palin Shoots Bigfoot," etc.) stopped publishing in 2007. I really depended on that tabloid for my daily laughs, and you know what they say: laughter is good medicine. I was beginning to worry about my health.
    But now ... I have the Republican Party! Thank God they get so much media coverage! I feel great again!

    September 29, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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