Congressman Paul Broun seems to be making national news yet again. This time because of Ebola. Rep. Broun, who made an appearance on radio host Rick Wiles’ program earlier this week, criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis. Salon reports Rep. Broun’s response when asked if the Obama administration’s decision not to impose a travel ban reflected “incompetence or malicious intent”:
“Well, I don’t know,” the congressman replied. “I didn’t want to go there – some people might think that it is malicious intent. Certainly if it you look at it from a logical perspective, there’s no logic whatsoever about why they’re acting the way they are.”
But later in the program, Broun suggested the administration’s alleged mistakes in handling the virus could be “purposeful.”
“I just cannot fathom why anybody would be doing what this administration’s been doing, whether it’s purposeful or whether it’s due to ignorance or whether it’s due to ineptness, I don’t know but it certainly has got to stop,” Broun said.
While Salon is certainly not known for its objectivity, Congressman Broun has been susceptible to other such inflammatory comments in the past. His detractors still gleefully recollect a sound byte from 2012 when he called evolution and the big bang theory “lies from the pit of hell”. Thankfully for Rep. Broun and the good voters of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, his inevitable successor, Jody Hice will ensure that the Broun legacy will be kept alive in national media.