September 13th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Wilson says no more apologies for outburst against president

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday that he will not apologize again for his recent outburst during the president's address to Congress."]
(CNN) - Rep. Joe Wilson said Sunday he will not apologize again for yelling out that President Barack Obama lied during the president's speech to Congress last week.

"I am not going to apologize again," the South Carolina Republican said on "FOX News Sunday" when asked about pending disciplinary steps against him by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Wilson said he already apologized to Obama and that the president accepted it. However, he insisted that Obama "was mis-stating the facts," and that Democratic leaders in the House were "playing politics" by continuing to focus on the issue.

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  1. Frank Lee

    Don't bother, Joe.

    Your career is over anyway.

    What a fool this guy is.

    September 13, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    Wilson is another Rightwing hatemonger racist. He should be expelled from Congress. Big surprise he's a darling of all the racist groups and comes from such a backwords racist state!

    September 13, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Harryt

    I get so sick of hearing people like Wilson syaing "Obama is lying" without showing any specific substantiation of these comments. I want to see Wilson, once and for all, in front of everybody, show exactly where in the bills he is referring to when he says that Obama and the Democrats intend to subsidize illegal aliens. The house bill is very specific about not including illegal aliens (Sec. 246) titled "NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS") and yet Wilson keeps spouting the scare tactics that Obama wants to pay for illegals. SHOW US!

    September 13, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Ed

    The democratic controlled congress should stop playing with these ass holes that defie the rules and dissrespect the President on the house floor .No matter who is President and censor the stupid bastard.I bet that would put a stop to this type of action right away.

    September 13, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. James of Houston

    Good for Representative Wilson for telling supporters he will continue to speak loudly about the issue and "not be muzzled."

    He only spoke the truth! He should have yelled, “You lied, people died, and puppies cried!" This would have shown how ridiculous this entire feigned outrage actually is. Harry Reid and Nancy Polesi both said the same thing several times when Bush was president…. Where was the feigned outrage back then!

    September 13, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Ken

    Can anyone imagine what Fox News would have done had a Democrat yelled 'You Lie' during one of Bush's speeches to Congress? We'd have been hearing about it for months! The party of moral relativism shows itself once again.

    September 13, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. JB

    So, he apologized to the president for calling him a liar, and then called him a liar again. What a jerk.

    September 13, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Aaron

    Since when did "focusing on the issue" become "playing politics". I'm confused. Also...these protesters make me sick. Most of them don't even know what communism or socialism is. They are the lower intellectual half of the U.S.A.

    September 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Blaine

    I agree with Wilson to the extent that the Democrats need to back off. The man apologized directly to the president, and more than once. Considering this guy doesn't have any track record of disciplinary issues there is no reason why we shouldn't be taking his apology at face value.

    What he did was stupid, but he apologized and now it's time to put the issue to rest. Any further action against Wilson will come off as a purely political posturing.

    The Democrats have momentum going into this health care debate. They'll quickly lose that momentum if the American People perceive them to be playing politics with a non-issue like this.

    September 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    What a no-class thug....

    September 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Carey

    The sad part is you so called media outlets didn't come back with what the bill actually said. Instead of just pushing the story , how about a fact check and talking about how he "lied".

    Enough said!

    September 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. d putnam

    He does not need to apologize anymore. He should just slap his tail beyween his legs, resign in disgrace, and crawl back into the rightwing hole he came out of!!!

    Our national politcal climate is shameful on both sides. I think we need to outlaw political parties, outlaw corporate and outrageously large campaign contributions (best politics that money can buy!), put strict limits on campaign funding, and limit campaign length. Bring our government back to the people who are supposed to be represented.

    September 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. BJ in NC

    I am not surprised about this. The first one was not sincere and any further ones would be as false as the first. If he was sincere, he never would have had the so called outburst in the first place. He is however behaving with actions that are so steeped in the racist past of the place he grew up in and what he was taught against people of color. His comment about Strom Thurmonds daughter even after Mr. Thurmond had acknowledged her is a perfect example of why I don't believe a word that he says in the aplolgetic field. What I am so glad about is that the mindset of more intelligent human beings are are different now, and that thanks ot technology, his actions and the actions of those who behave in the same manner are more exposed to a larger population of individuals and the stupidity is exposed for what it is.

    September 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Terry, TX

    You go Joe Wilson...I agree....
    Joe Wilson has already apologized directly to the's done... CNN in three days has reported 19 times on this...Nothing to speak of on ACORN or CZAR Van Jones.
    Joe Wilson should not apologize to Congress......only until the Democrats apologize for booing President Bush during the State of the Union speech 2005.....and that ain't going to happen in my lifetime.

    September 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Proud American

    What a discrace this man is to South Carolina, the US House, and the country as a whole.

    September 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Jason

    Is it just me, or does it seem that by acting like a bafoon, this Wilson fellow has gotten more press, money and prestige than he could have short of pulling a baby from a burning building?

    September 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Stupid Democrats

    Don't you realize that your continued focus on Joe is making him a martyr. Someone that the Right can point at and say how he is being steamrolled for standing up to the Emperor Obama and his Czars.

    Focus on the issues and don't be distracted by Joe.

    The Democrats inability to come together and stay focused, each faction chasing after it's own special interest group is why this party will continue to lose against the Republican machine. Once you get control of the White House, you piss away the prize.

    September 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Big-K (DC)

    Lets see, the same person who said Senator Thurman bi-racial daughter should have kept her mouth shut and not embarras Senator Thurman although the Senator had acknowledge his daughter and supported her through the years. The only thing Wilson is missing is his Grand Wizard sheet. He should be censured by the House.

    September 13, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. JBS

    As long as Wilson continues to lie and distort the truth about health care reform he should be called out. Otherwise, his apology is sufficient. Wilson is not an ethical nor honest person. If he was he would tell the truth about health care reform. I suspect that this ugly "non-truther" movement is really a last gasp of radical republican conservatism.

    September 13, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    I am appalled that Joe "yellowcake" Wilson, as a reservist in the national guard, and a Representative in Congress, has shown such disrespect to his Commander in Chief. How have we become so uncivilized in such a short time. And why do Republicans get to act so disgracefully when they lose elections. This is unacceptable.

    The 912 march on DC yesterday, partially backed by a rural landowner group that is calling for civil war. What is going on. Someone (or many) will be hurt if this is allowed to continue. We are being terrorized from within, and nobody from the Republican party is adult enough to stand up and say "enough." I'm afraid for us.

    September 13, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Lisa

    I hope the citizens of SC kick Mr Wilson right out of office next election! The entire state should be ashamed of him. His mama should be ashamed. What a loser. A total zero

    September 13, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Brian52

    Has Harry Reid apologized yet for calling GWB a liar and a loser?

    September 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. tom in wheaton, IL

    Mr. Wilson should stop grandstanding and tell us, specifically, what he objects to in the healthcare plan as it stands (unfinished). Please cite chapter and verse and show us the error of our ways. Surely, if his concern is health coverage for illegal aliens, he could point to the paragraph that offends him and we could agree to remove it. He can't because it isn't in there. He can't because the real reasons he is opposing the President go far into dark places that can only be uttered in code. He is a racist.

    September 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. vic nashville , Tn

    We don’t want your apologies But we will thank you

    Because you show the real color for you and your party

    We were voting both parties here after we won’t vote for republicans

    September 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Dan Holiday

    He shouldn't have apologized in the first place. Mr. Wilson was right to say that Emperor Obama lies. Your stupid liberal president is running this country into the ground. I am sick and tired of you democrats telling everyone how to think. I am sick of hearing you demand that people apologize for disagreeing with your president. I am sick of you labeling people racist for questioning you president. The guy is a joke. He does not know how to do his job. The fact that he is HALF black is irrelevant. The policies that he pushes are anti-American. He is a racist. He hates our country. He wants to side with terrorist. He would rather us be European than American. He is the worst president in the history of this country...hands down. Mr. Wilson, you keep on keeping on. Tell that liberal president that we are sick and tired and are not going to take it anymore.

    September 13, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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