Sharron Angle denies saying things she said

The Nevada Republican's new explanation for her nuttier statements: Claiming she didn't say them

Published September 8, 2010 8:30PM (EDT)

Sharron Angle
Sharron Angle

Sharron Angle just says words, ok? It's not her job to make sure that the words are true, or make sense! So it's not fair -- it's never fair -- to ask her to explain what she meant, by these words. That's GOTCHA JOURNALISM. And that is why Sharron Angle is totally justified in denying that she ever said things that she was recorded saying.

In a recent interview with ABC News, Angle denied saying that entitlement programs are a violation of the First Commandment, denied agreeing with a radio host that there are "domestic enemies" in Congress, and even denied saying that wonderful thing about "Second Amendment remedies."

Karl asked Angle: “When you say if things don’t turn out the right way in this election, people may seek Second Amendment remedies. What did you mean by that?”

Angle replied, “No, I don’t think that was exactly the way I said it.”

She originally said it more like this:

“I hope that’s not where we’re going but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around and I’ll tell ya the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”

As for the First Commandment thing? "No I didn’t say that,” Angle told Karl.

It is this explanation that I like the best:

She went on to say she was talking to a Christian broadcaster “in very Christian terms…. You speak the language of the folks you are communicating with, the language that I used is in our country we have become a country put our faith not in God we trust ….but in government we trust.”

And the language of Christians is apparently that our government is a false idol, and we should shoot it, with guns.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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