Republican Yost rebukes Bolling for comment about Obama supporters"Twenty-five percent of the population suffers from a diagnosable mental health problem." While I'm guessing that might apply to the general population in and around Blacksburg - after all, its largest employer, Virginia Tech, seems to hold mental illness to be a hiring prerequisite - but in the real world?
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is catching heat for a remark he made about supporters of President Barack Obama over the weekend, and some of it is coming from his own party.
Bolling, the state chairman of Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, made the comment Saturday at a “prebuttal” event prior to Obama’s campaign stop in Henrico County. Here’s the way it was reported by the Daily Press newspaper.
“Bolling said that if people think Obama has done a good job over the past three years , they should vote for him — then ‘check themselves into a mental hospital.’”
Representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness condemned Bolling’s remark on Monday, calling it “outrageous, ignorant and prejudiced.”
Today, Del. Joseph Yost, R-Blacksburg, issued a statement calling on Bolling to apologize.
“I am disappointed in the Lieutenant Governor’s comments and I call on him to issue an apology not only to the citizens of this Commonwealth but to all individuals who suffer from a mental health issue and their friends and family,” Yost said. “The comments were not only a disappointment and distasteful but continue the stigmatization of individuals with mental illness.
“This is not a partisan issue. Twenty-five percent of the population suffers from a diagnosable mental health problem.
“While we may elect to disagree with each other’s political views, we should chose [sic] to do it in a respectful manner and not one that continues the practice of stigmatizing individuals with mental illness or any others.” [link]
I'm thinking Joseph Yost needs to get his thong out of his crack and get a life. His is the sort of whining, pathetic, grossly exaggerated reaction to a throw-away comment that America has come to expect from Democrats. It is muy embarazoso to be coming from someone who calls himself a Republican.
Take a pill, Joe. And chill.