Yesteday, ThinkProgress reported that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) attempted to justify last week’s suicide attack on an IRS office in Texas. While acknowledging the attack was “sad,” King argued, “by the same token,” it was justified because if the IRS is abolished, “it’s going to be a happy day for America.” Today, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) took to the House floor to condemn King’s comment, noting that one of victims of the attack was a Vietnam veteran from his district:
CLYBURN: But, Mr. Speaker, I rise also to ask my colleagues as they think about recent events involving the Texas federal building where the IRS building was — exploded by an airplane and one of our colleagues has now called the act of terrorism a noble act.
The fact of the matter is that the gentleman that lost his life in that building, Vernon Hunter, was from Orangeburg, South Carolina, that I proudly represent in this body. He spent two tours in Vietnam and was about the business of carrying out his duties and responsibilities to this great country of ours. If anybody is a hero it is this victim. And I find it appalling that a member of this body would call his death a noble happening.
Vernon Hunter’s son told local reporters that he was distraught that “some people are trying to make [attacker Joe Stack] out to be a hero, a patriot.” “My dad served two terms in Vietnam. This guy never served at all. My dad wasn’t responsible for his tax problems,” Ken Hunter said. (HT: Iowa Independent)