Rep. Broun: Mixed Seating At SOTU Is "A Trap" To "Silence Republicans" When "Barack Obama Spews Out All His Venom"

January 21, 2011 11:15 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

The tragic shootings in Tucson prompted calls for civility from politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Sen. Mark Udall's (D-CO) proposal for Democrats and Republicans to sit together at the State of the Union. But yesterday on Scott Hennen's radio show, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) — who is best known for his frequent bouts of incivility — vehemently rejected the idea of mixed seating at the presidential address. Responding to a caller who described Udall's suggestion as a "slap in the face" to conservative voters, Broun alleged that Democrats "don't want civility" but simply hope to "silence Republicans" and hide their diminished numbers "when Barack Obama spews out all his venom."  

BROUN: Well, I agree with you wholeheartedly. In fact, I'm talking to members of Congress. Our leadership said you do whatever you want to do. If you wanna sit with the Democrats, you can. If you wanna sit with Republicans, that you can. We're going to have a conference next week and I'm gonna bring that up there. I already believe very firmly that it is a trap and a ruse that Democrats are proposing. They don't want civility. They want silence from the Republicans. And the sitting together being kissy-kissy is just another way to try to silence Republicans, and also to show — to keep the American people from seeing how few of them there are in the U.S. House now. Then when people stand up to — what the Democrats are going to be doing when Barack Obama spews out all his venom, then, um, if they're scattered throughout all the Republicans, then it won't be as noticeable as if we're sitting apart. So it is a ruse and I'm not in favor of it and I'm talking about it and I hope other members of the Republican conference in the House will not take the bait.

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