Terry Jones Running for President

Pastor Terry Jones, best known as the "Burn a Koran Day" instigator, is throwing his proverbial hat into the ring.

Pastor Terry Jones, best known as the “Burn a Koran Day” instigator, is throwing his proverbial hat into the ring.

ABC News (“Quran burning Pastor, Terry Jones, running for President“):

Pastor Terry Jones, the man who infamously burned a copy of the Quran in honor of 9/11, is throwing his hat into the 2012 presidential race.
The pastor announced his presidential bid Wednesday morning.

His campaign, Stand Up America Now, released a statement that features a seven point platform, including deporting all “illegals”, bringing all military back on American soil until America’s finances are in order and reducing corporate taxes. “Please financially support us as we continue our stand against radical Islam,” the release states.

While I’m confident he won’t win, he clearly appeals to a not-insignificant number of Americans.

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  1. Moosebreath says:

    And here I thought it was the ex-member of Monty Python. I was hoping his campaign appearances would start with “And now for something completely different…”

  2. Just nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Moosebreath: Well, even with this Terry Jones, that intro line will work. Maybe even better!

  3. roger says:

    Campaign song will be “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.”
    First executive order would be to declare that yes, Polly is dead and establish the Ministry of Silly Walks. Second executive order would declare National Lumberjack Day. Dress code optional.

  4. Moosebreath says:

    When he appears at a debate, his first comment will be “Is this the right room for an argument?” He will also declare that Every Sperm is Sacred. And his defense policies will include creative use of farm animals (Operation Fetchez la Vache).

  5. Tsar Nicholas says:

    The real irony here is that his platform basically is an amalgam of Ron Paul’s and Michele Bachmann’s respective platforms, and the latter two freaks actually are considered legitimate candidates by various segments of the body politic. Speaking of which, as stated previously, we need to implement basic cognitive testing as a precondition to having voting rights. Something along the lines of the Wechsler and the MMPI. Elections simply are too important to allow the Terry Joneses of the world to participate.

  6. Rob in CT says:

    First half of Tsar’s post: correct.
    Second half: the authoritarian comes out.


    Now that you bring it up, that MP skit – “I thought this was arguments!” “No, arguments are down the hall on the left. This is ABUSE.” – is a perfect encapsulation of the current state of US politics.

  7. Neil Hudelson says:

    This is my favorite thread…pretty much ever.

  8. Lomax says:

    Put him in the debates. He makes as much sense as any of the others.

  9. JM says:

    @Lomax: More like “6-6-6.” The man is of the devil.