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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. cara

    For Republicans everywhere: "Better to be thought a fool and remain silent than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt."

    Sad how Republicans continue to verify to all the world the lack of worthiness of any of their utterances.

    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. They call me "tater salad"

    I'm tired of all these big mouthed, jerkoffs spouting off just to get some face time with the media! You people should be taken out back and.................

    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Carnell From Detroit, MI USA

    Another Fool Out In Public Shooting From The Lip. So What's New CNN?

    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. cfoster

    The GOP is the enemy of all hardworking American. How about the unisured people who die each years. The GOP is more concerned about the insurance idustry the human life..

    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Are the Democrats going to make a big deal out of this?"

    No,but the media will. Current political strategery is dominated by a few things, one of which is:


    September 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Health Insurance for the Unborn

    And if Obama puts an end to abortion, are you going to make sure that all mothers and children have access to free health care as a condition of them not aborting this humanity?

    And what about the 4000 piece of humanity that you wanted to be sent to die in Iraq? When did we start caring about the unborn and stopped caring for the born?

    September 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Michael Hsu

    No, the original post was correct – obama is an enemy of all humanity – not just unborn humanity.

    He says he wants to insure that you have adequate health care, so he "helps" you by taxing you (via health insurance mandate). Since when is it a requirement to buy health insurance in order to live – (i.e., if you don't buy insurance, the IRS police powers will be used to fine / imprison you)?

    September 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. P Marin

    You are an idiot both organically and philosophically!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. gwen

    Well I'm sure this saintly man would vote against any public health option, so really he is THE TRUE ENEMY of humanity... how many children and elderly will die from a lack of health care?!?!?!? The republican party was founded on hypocrisy!!!

    September 29, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Courtney Anne

    Republican Franks needs to be fired, just like a lot of the other members of the GOP. They have no respect for other people's opinions. They believe their god and above everybody else. Our president is a good man.

    September 29, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. The power be with you

    How about protecting the ones that are born every second all over the country ? President Obama is trying to extend health care benefits to all Americans, so how come you, republicans, are trying so hard to stop this effort to protect these lives??

    September 29, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Gpenn

    And people wonder why we see things like a poll on assasination on Facebook. These so called leaders in our government need to be called out for this kind of talk. They embolden the lunatic fringe and it's not going to end well if it continues.

    September 29, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Rebekah

    Keep Religion out of politics...period!! It boggles my mind that these people feel it's their (god given right) to tell others what to do with their bodies. I propose a solution... make abortion illegal ... and All of the anti-abortionists will be required to adopt the children of women who have had unwanted pregnancies. They will have to feed and clothe and shelter the women until the child is born. They will have to raise the child without any type of assistance, no medicaid, no money for adopting the child, no food stamps ect.. Then I'm sure they would be screaming for abortion to be legal again. Better yet...why don't they start with educating young woman... oh right they are is the first thing they cut

    September 29, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Darth Cheney

    This kind of incendiary rhetoric, while protected speech, fans the anger of unbalanced individuals who would attempt murder. That a congressman, doesn't understand what his words are doing proves he is, without doubt, a complete ignoramus.

    September 29, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Gashouse Palooka

    If we are seeking to qualify,

    If Obama = "enemy of [unborn] humanity"


    Republicans = "enemy of [living, poor, middle class, uninsured, unemployed, minority, clean air, having a public plan] humanity"

    September 29, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Trent Franks: missing Adams family member

    "they're positively ooky, the Adams family"

    what a ghoul

    September 29, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Bobby

    Republicans are desperate. It's laughable watching them make fools of themselves.

    September 29, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Jim

    Sorry you can not see this any other way than racially motivated as most democratic Presidents support abortion and never said anything like that before.

    September 29, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Are the Democrats going to make a big deal out of this?"

    No,but the media will. Current political strategeries are dominated by a few things, one of which is:

    1. Say whatever the heck you can think up, but make sure it's somehow controversial, mildly offensive if possible.

    2. Wait for the media to get wind of it and hen latch on like a starving lamprey, sensationalizing and selling the "controversy" to the mindless masses, who lap it up in pavlovian ecstasy.

    3. Make a press release to address the "controversy," offering a veiled and insecere apology if necessary, but making sure to ramp up the this-issue-is-black-and-white talking points.

    4. Make popcorn and watch the masses going canibal over it.

    5. Profit. And if you don't think they profit from it, then ask yourself why they keep doing it.

    September 29, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. Boulder Liberal

    Will the moralizing Republican nonsense ever cease?

    How I wish that the Republicans would respect all life instead of "the unborn."

    What about the tens of millions of uninsured children in America?

    What about all of the lives killed in Iraq–for a little oil?

    September 29, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Ruth

    Obama's official birth certificate looks exactly like mine, all caps with information in exactly the same places. What will shut these birthers up?

    September 29, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Maurine of NC

    Good for you....right on...if we don't respect the life of an innocent unborn child...we have fallen pretty deep. It seems to me that if somebody kills a pregnany woman they are responsible for two lives. How is abortion any different? watching these kids beat each other up on the buses and on the streets, even until one young innocent young man gets killed...something is going on in our society. I believe it is the lack of respect for God-given human life, liberty.....and pursuit of happiness (sound familiar????)

    September 29, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. J C Davis

    A child dies of starvation every five seconds and every thirty seconds of disease somewhere on the globe while Americans spend tens of billions of dollars on dog food, beer and cable television and rewards greed with hundreds of million in compensation. The Republicans thrive on dividing the nation to perpetuate their greed mongering buddies. If we would all give up one soda or one cup of coffee each day and made sure that effort went to help children everywhere, the choice "might" become one that chooses to have and care for a child. In a world that sees more and more hopelessness, even in our country, the Republicans do absolutely nothing to forward Love and hope. They frankly make me sick to my stomach on a daily basis with their hypocracy and pure BS!

    September 29, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. HB

    Republican = Irrelevant

    Is this the best you idiots can come up with. As an independent, its clear there is only one Party left in America. What a shame!!

    September 29, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. Brook E. Mantia

    "Republican" is just another term for "Satan's minion."

    September 29, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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