Outgoing GOP Congressman Denounces “Obama Hatred” In The GOP
South Carolina’s Bob Inglis is speaking out against what he sees as some of the irresponsible rhetoric coming from the right:
Outgoing Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said Thursday that a “credible conservative” movement that doesn’t focus on “hatred” of President Obama is needed.
Inglis was defeated in a landslide by Trey Gowdy in the June primary runoff. Gowdy, a staunch conservative and Tea Party favorite, went on to win the 4th District seat in November.
Inglis lamented on CNN that the current wave of populist conservativism is unlike that of Ronald Reagan.
“We’ll get through and we’ll get back to optimistic conservatism,” he said. “We just got to get through this unfortunate period.”
The congressman said he was wounded in his campaign by not joining “in the real bitterness toward the president.”
“I don’t call him a socialist because he’s not,” he said. “I don’t doubt that he was born in Hawaii because he was. I don’t call him a Muslim because he says he’s a Christian. And I didn’t say anything about death panels because there weren’t any in that health care bill.”
Inglis said he disagreed with Obama on a number of policy issues, “but I don’t need to join in this hatred of the man.”
“I believe if you’re going to lead a credible conservative movement, you got to start with credible information,” he said. “…I’m a conservative with better ideas, and I can serve the country by presenting those ideas and being credible not attacking him.”
This isn’t the first time that Inglis has spoken out against what he sees as the inflammatory elements in his party. Back during the health care debate. he told his constituents that the needed to “turn off Glenn Beck” and thinks for themselves:
They suggest that you watch Glenn Beck. Here’s my suggestion. Turn that television off when he comes on. Let me tell you why. You want to know why? He’s trading on fear. You know what? Here’s what I think. If you trade on fear, what you’re doing is, you’re not leading. You’re just following fearful people. So if you want to lead, stop being fearful.
Of course, the fact that Inglis was taken down by a Tea Party candidate should tell you just how well they took that advice.