GOP official wonders why military hasn't launched coup against "domestic enemy" Obama

Missouri Republican asserts that Constitution gives the military the authority to take action against the president

Published October 14, 2014 7:02PM (EDT)

 Debbie Dunnegan-Waters  (Erin Dunnegan)
Debbie Dunnegan-Waters (Erin Dunnegan)

A Missouri Republican official asked why the American military hasn't launched a coup against President Obama, whom she called a "domestic enemy."

Debbie Dunnegan, the Republican recorder of deeds for Jefferson County, Missouri, posed the question in a Facebook post last week. The liberal blog Progress Missouri flagged Dunnegan's post, in which she argued that "the constitution gives [the military] the authority" to take out Obama.

"I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military … having not put on a uniform nor taken any type military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of," Dunnegan wrote. "But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority. What am I missing? Thank you for your bravery and may God keep you safe."

Dunnegan denied having any "ill intent" in an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“I meant no ill intent toward the president. I meant no ill intent toward anybody,” she told the paper.

Dunnegan, who won her office in 2010, faces a re-election challenge from Democrat Mike Bone next month. Asked how the firestorm over her post would impact her re-election bid, she told the Post-Dispatch that "it could hurt it as much as it could help it."

Here's a screenshot of Dunnegan's post, via Progress Missouri:

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