Georgia GOP senator quotes Biblical scripture to "pray" for the death of President Obama

Sen. Perdue told the Road to Majority summit that "we should pray like Psalm 109:8 says: Let his days be few"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published June 10, 2016 6:55PM (EDT)

David Perdue         (AP/David Goldman)
David Perdue (AP/David Goldman)

Republican humor is usually, well, humorless. And as we learned on Friday, evangelical humor can sometimes be, well, ugly in its evilness.

At the Road to Majority summit in Washington, D.C. -- one of the countless annual conservative summits where evangelicals gather in the nation's capital to condemn the leftists that fill the city's streets and halls of Congress -- Republican Georgia Senator David Perdue attempted his hand at humor.

"I think we are called to pray," the freshman senator told the gathered evangelicals. "I think we are called to pray for our country, our leaders and, yes, even Barack Obama."

"But I think we should be very specific about how we pray," he added, "we should pray like Psalms 108:9 says."

"It says 'May his days be few; and let another have his office,'" he joked to a round of laughter and applause.

Now for those less Biblical inclined (myself included, despite years of Catholic school teaching), here is how the rest of that particular verse continues:

Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.

Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.

Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

Chances are, when you hear an elected Republican official mumble some insane rantings, it probably derived from

Of course, like most nonsensical drivel that comes out of the mouths of elected Republican officials' these days, even this evilest of jokes suggesting that the first lady be widowed in order to make some lame point about kicking out a term limited president is hardly original.

As the Christian Science Monitor reported in 2009, conservatives have routinely citied this Bible verse to pray for the end of Obama.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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