Columnist: Obama wants to kill your grandma

A former SNL star says the President wants to kill America's grandmothers

Published July 8, 2009 3:05PM (EDT)

President Obama really seems to bring out the paranoia in some conservatives. Unfounded rumors and allegations about his religion, his birth certificate and his association with Bill Ayers swirled around his 2008 presidential campaign. Since he's taken office, the myths about him have only increased. But even the most avowed Obama-haters haven't ascended to the level of crazy that former Saturday Night Live star Victoria Jackson reached in a column for the right-wing site

Ostensibly, Jackson's article is about healthcare. But truthfully, one would have a hard time connecting, let alone explaining, what Jackson wrote to any of the policy debate now occurring in Washington. She begins the piece by generally decrying the Democratic position on "socialized medicine," writing:

I’d been wondering why the liberals are so passionate about this Health Care thing. It couldn’t be because they actually care about sick, poor people ... No, there’s gotta be a catch. I guess this question was sitting in my brain and during my sleep, my brain was working on it, because when I suddenly awoke at 3 a.m. I had the answer.


Social Security and Medicare are broke. Baby boomers, like me, are getting old and will soon be asking for it. Socialized medicine makes people die.

But then Jackson turns her attention to President Obama specifically and the piece really loses its moorings:

Obama legally kills babies and now he can legally kill Grandmas!

Hitler did this. He killed the weak, the sick, the old, and babies and races/religions he didn’t like. Hitler also controlled the media. (Where’s the public debate between scientists on “Climate Change/Global Warming?”) Hitler had the VW bug invented as the state car. What will O’s nationalized car be? So… kill off the weak. That’s the plan. Tax the workers to death. Erase the middle class. Sounds like the evil governments we studied in high school long ago. The evil governments were : kings, oligarchies, facist, socialist, and communist. Now it’s called the Obama Administration. Sounds like candy or a rock band.

Back in March of this year, Jackson had an especially memorable appearance on Fox News' Sean Hannity show in which she accused Obama of being a communist and said that Rush Limbaugh should be running the country. Video is below.

By Vincent Rossmeier

Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.

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