Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, or ALIPAC, is praising Congressman Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for his outburst during President Obama’s Wednesday night address on health care reform.
Wilson infamously yelled, “You Lie!” when Obama said, “The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”
Though Congressman Wilson has since apologized to the president, ALIPAC still claims that Obama is lying about health care coverage for illegal immigrants.
“It is a real shame that the rest of Congress was not on their feet pointing out the President’s lie about illegal aliens in his Health Care plans along with Joe Wilson,” said ALIPAC Preident William Gheen. “When a politician lies to Congress and the public in front of Congress, our elected officials should speak out as Joe Wilson did.”
While the language in the bill that Obama proposed last night is not available yet, PolitFact found that previous claims that all non-U.S. citizens would be provided health care is a “pants on fire” lie, the highest (or lowest, depending on your point of view) rating on the St. Petersburg Times fact-checking site.
So it looks like Wilson, and ALIPAC, are lying about Obama lying. [Be skeptical, be very skeptical.]
Wilson’s outburst looks to have had another more immediate impact on his political future. The South Carolina Republican’s Democratic opponent, Rob Simmons, has raised over $300,000 on the online Democratic political fundraising Web site ActBlue since the outburst.
Our colleague at the Colorado Independent John Tomasic notes that Wilson has received substantial amounts of fundraising money from the health care industry.
“What’s Joe Wilson so angry about?” Tomasic wrote. “He’s paid to be angry.”
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