Earlier this week, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reported that, in a 2009 interview, Nevada GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle agreed with a radio host who said “we have domestic enemies” in Congress. “Yes. I think you’re right,” she said. Yesterday, another right-wing radio host in Nevada gave Angle a chance to retract those remarks, but she refused:
HEIDI HARRIS: He said that we have domestic enemies and he thinks some of them are in the walls of the Senate and Congress, and you agreed with him. Did you agree with him?
ANGLE: Well, we were talking about what’s going on in Congress, of course, and the policies that have come out of Congress, and those policies as we’ve all seen over the last 18 months have definitely hurt our country.
HARRIS: Yeah, well I agree with you by the way, but I wanted to make sure you got you a chance to clarify that, because I’ll tell you the truth, Sharron. I do think we actually do have folks in Congress who truly want to do us harm and see us change from the nation we are now.
ANGLE: There is no doubt that the policies that have been coming out in the last 18 months have injured us, and injured us most specifically here in Nevada.
Sargent notes of Angle’s new interview, “Given her previous statements — particularly her claim that the public may resort to ‘Second Amendment remedies’ if Congress continues on her current course — it’s perfectly reasonable to imagine that she very well might believe that there are ‘domestic enemies’ within Congress.”
But the GOP doesn’t seem to have a problem with Angle’s position. A National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson brushed aside yesterday’s interview. And as the Republican National Committee’s Doug Heye conceded this week, “We embrace whatever [a] candidate needs to do to win.”