Just days before President Barack Obama stood before tens of thousands of onlookers who arrived in Washington D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, David Marsters, who sat on several committees and was running for selectman in Sabattus, Maine, took to Facebook and posted this status about the Commander-in-Chief: “Shoot the N**ger.”
According to the Bangor Daily News, the Aug. 23 status update first caught the attention of several local residents who admonished Marsters in the Facebook thread for his racist words; the residents then alerted local law enforcement. Marsters initially balked at his critics, asking one if he was a “democrat. He also wrote that Obama “is not a legal president” in response to a comment that “Our 1st Amendment doesn’t give us the right to shoot presidents.”
Marsters’ Facebook ranting did not stop at his threatening status, according to the Daily News. He also said that “(Obama) is not a legal president” and that his birth certificate was a fraud. “They’ve shown us how it’s done,” he said. “It’s all done in layers on computers. How come nobody from his school’s come forward to say, ‘Oh, I know him.’ How come people from his family never say, ‘I know him. I went to his wedding; I was his best man?”
Watch Marsters talk about Obama and his “Shoot the N**ger” comments:
The Secret Service interviewed Marsters and his wife for an hour at his home. They also searched his home for weapons. The couple’s neighbors were also interviewed. Marsters has not been charged with a crime.
After widespread outrage over his status, Marsters has resigned from all boards on which he sits as of 12:30 p.m.
When reporter asked him about his comments, he insisted that they were not threatening. “(The Secret Service) didn’t see no pictures of Obama with bullet holes in his head,” Marsters told the Daily News. “It’s not a threatening statement, in my opinion. People take it out of context as a threat.”
He added, “I didn’t say I was going to shoot the president, or kill — shoot the n*****. Shoot the n***** — that’s what I said.”
No threat was made because he didn’t say he or anyone else was going to do it, Marsters said. He said his remarks were targeted more towards “the system” than anything else. Marsters said that his wife, Mary, has been in and out of the hospital recently and if they lose spousal benefits, something he fears Obama will suspend, his wife will die.
“We’re about to lose our benefits because of this ass****.”
That he called a sitting U.S. President an ass**** during an interview and is running for public office did not add up to poor taste is indeed disturbing. But, Marsters continued lodging his foot further into his mouth by saying that Black people call white people n**ger where he comes from Massachusetts. For example, if someone were to despise former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the slur could apply to him too.
“I would say, ‘Shoot the n*****, because white people are n******, too,” he said.
Last night, an emergency board meeting was called to discuss Marsters’ “extreme radical views” and whether he should be asked to resign from all boards on which he sits. Early this afternoon, he did in fact resign.
His racial views are not all that is “radical” about him. Marsters wanted the town to require, by ordinance, every household to own a gun and ammunition. Selectmen refused to consider such an ordinance.
As outrageous is his Facebook remarks were (which have since been removed from his page), as well as those he made to the news reporter, Marsters still felt he could have won a seat on the Board of Selectmen in his community of Sabattus.
“People of Sabattus, they’re all fond of the gun law and they’re all against Obama,” he said. “Obama’s made many mistakes. Can’t I make a mistake?”
No, Mr. Marsters. The people are against you and that is why you were forced to resign.