Joe Wilson’s ‘You Lie’ Slogan Offered On Commemorative Assault Rifles

The Palmetto State Armory just released a commemorative, limited edition “you lie” assault rifle, repeating the phrase made popular by Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) deplorable break in civility during President Obama’s health care speech in 2009. Palmetto State Armory’s webpage was quickly taken down after the story broke, but the Columbia Free Times captured an image from the site of Wilson holding a rifle and showing the “you lie” inscription etched on to the side:

Last night on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said, “what other message could we take from having ‘you lie’ on a weapon, a statement that was thrown at President Obama,” and in “a country where we have a film of John Kennedy’s head being blown off with a rifle.” Boxer went on to mention a sticker for sale, that has already been sold out, depicting a donkey — the symbol of the Democratic party — shot five times. The sticker has the words “Liberal Hunting License” written above the donkey and “No Bag Limit” below:

BOXER: Now what other message could we take from having ‘you lie’ on a weapon, a statement that was thrown at president Obama. What other message is there that this weapon is being designed in effect to be what, aimed at the president of the united states? A country where we have film of john kennedy’s head being blown off with a rifle? How can people in this country even think of putting something like that on a weapon?…And you know, there’s another image. I have one here. I don’t know if you can see it. And I don’t know whether you’ve had it on your show. But this is another one where you can buy this. It’s a sticker. It says liberal hunting license. It shows a donkey with five bullet holes. And it says, no bag limit.

Ultimately, while conservatives frantically defend their hateful rhetoric in the aftermath of the Arizona shooting, Wilson’s “you lie” assault rifle is a good reminder of how low they’ve sunk.

Paul Breer