October 14, 2014 5:30 pm -

A Republican Missouri official explains that she used a poor choice of words in a post on her personal Facebook page in which she called for a military coup. How does one accidentally call for a military coup? According to Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan, she meant “no ill intent” when she referred to President Obama as a “domestic enemy.”

[su_center_ad]Dunnegan’s post read:

“I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military … having not put on a uniform nor taken any type military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority. What am I missing? Thank you for your bravery and may God keep you safe.”

(my bold)

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the group Progress Missouri posted Dunnegan’s Facebook status on its website on Friday under the headline “JeffCo Recorder Asks Why Military Hasn’t Ousted Obama Yet,” saying that “Jefferson County voters deserve better.”

Dunnegan explains that she simply wanted to know what oath the military took to protect the country from enemies both foreign and domestic. It seems she had forgotten that she specifically referred to the ‘Commander in Chief.”

“I meant no ill intent toward the president. I meant no ill intent toward anybody,” she said.

“Something innocent and simple got twisted into a disaster because it’s an election,” Dunnegan said.

Oh yes, military coups and the assassination of our president is “something innocent.”

She said she’s received good and bad responses to the post.

As for how it could affect her chances for re-election, the paper reports that Dunnegan said, “I think it could hurt it as much as it could help it.”

Waters said she is stunned that her Facebook comments have generated a controversy. “I should have known better than to use certain phrases,’’ she said. “Maybe my choice of words was bad.”

I love how these red meat throwing Republicans use such strong language then walk it back while playing victim. I hope her hair falls out and she goes broke, ends up destitute and panhandling for money while scrounging through dumpsters for food in the worst of neighborhoods, without shelter. Perhaps then, she can reflect back to that time when she could have made a difference in this world, even a small one, but something meaningful. I meant no “ill intent” by that, just so we’re clear. I just wrote something “innocent” which I’m sure will be “twisted” because of upcoming elections. [su_csky_ad]

Image: St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

97 responses to Republican Official: I Meant No ‘Ill Intent’ When Calling For A Military Coup Against ‘Domestic Enemy’ Obama

  1. tracey marie October 14th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    the teabaggers and teahaggs have gone straight to racist treason

  2. Tommy6860 October 14th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Not a “poor choice of words” as it was intentional. One doesn’t have their hateful thoughts come out in spoken form if they do not actually think that way. It’s always interesting how the bigots justify their hate as regrettably spoken while they still profess their hate. If she truly regretted it, she’d step down from her public office that is to serve the people, not a segment of them.

    • Larry Schmitt October 14th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      You can’t keep calling it a poor choice of words when you make your living that way. Another politician’s non-apology apology.

  3. Pilotshark October 14th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Oh i see,
    you just let your alligator a$$ speak for you hummingbird mind (and absolutely no disrespect for a smart hummingbird, just a phase).
    do you always speak before you think? or do you just like making sounds that gets your friends smiling?

  4. forpeace October 14th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    She called for a military coup, and she referred to President Obama as a “domestic enemy.”

    Just get rid of all these anti-American and anti-Government anarchist crazy nuts before they bring our country down.

    They open their big mouth and say whatever they want, and when they are caught, they always claim ………. “no ill intent.”

    • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Let the Wingnut Roundup begin!

    • burqa October 14th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      We have laws and a legal process to deal with them. Our system also protects the rights of those falsely accused.
      This woman was wrong, horribly wrong.
      We should not repeat her wrong by calling for dealing with her and others by abandoning our system, denying rights and holding kangaroo courts.

      Just as it is wrong for this woman to call for armed revolt, it is likewise wrong to call for our government to make war on our citizens, regardless of how nutty they are. It is also likewise wrong to call for us to “just get rid” of these people.
      This is not the time to erase rights enshrined in our Constitution, either by this nitwit in Missouri or by those of us who disagree with her.

      • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

        No “enshrined rights” are going to be erased by enforcing our laws against right wing traitors.

        • burqa October 15th, 2014 at 6:19 am

          I hope not. It is a good thing users here are not in power because we see them calling for just that sort of thing. Scoll up and you’ll see calls for deporting them, throwing them in jail without a trial, tossing them in Gitmo where prisoners were denied rights, and so on.
          You yourself called for them to be thrown out of the country, didn’t you?
          Someone else said they deserve little, if any protection under the law.
          It’s kinda lonely being the only one here saying we should not go overboard in our reaction.

  5. forpeace October 14th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Why are we fighting ISIS?

    We should be fighting these domestic terrorists who are in our own backyards.

    • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Before they carry out their threats of terrorism.

      • forpeace October 14th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

        Exactly. And before it is too late.

  6. whatthe46 October 14th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    “I just wrote something “innocent” which I’m sure will be “twisted” because of upcoming elections.” maybe she should re-read it. if she still finds it innocent, then clearly she’s too stupid to hold office in any manner.

  7. tiredoftea October 14th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    “I should have known better than to use certain phrases, in public where they might be read by people who are alarmed by treasonous comments’’ she said. “Maybe my choice of words was bad. I can’t help myself, I am a disturbed person who hates the President” There, FTFY!

  8. StoneyCurtisll October 14th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    As a life long citizen of Missouri..
    I reject and admonish people like Debbie Dunnegan ..
    She is a fringe element of tiny minority of what this state represents..
    I feel disgusted that her hateful comments are publicly posted on the internet.

    • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      She represents the Republican Party.

  9. causeican October 14th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I served and I say she’s a nut.

  10. Par4thecourse October 14th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    ‘People’ like her is the reason why we had state run asylums and or mental institutions before the feds stopped assisting the states (ala Reagone).. We have them out on our streets and we hope that they take their medications.. but alas that notion quickly failed. The seer in Reagones family (Nancy) must of enlightened him that his party was filled with screwballs, and to release more of them so they too could have more offspring…the crazies have more crazies. I say, re-open the asylums put them all in 8×4 padded cells and seal the doors permanently.

  11. arc99 October 14th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Supposedly the commander-in-chief?

    332 Electoral College votes say that he is most definitely the commander-in-chief.

    So take your lame apology and shove it. This is the United States of America. We select our leadership via elections, not by military coup. If that system of government does not satisfy your needs, then you are always welcome to get the f*ck out of MY country.

    • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Let me repeat it. Get out of my country you filthy right wing traitors.

      • burqa October 14th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

        They used to say that to Catholics.
        They used to say it to Quakers, too, and socialists.

        I’m guessing your role model in all of this is Senator Joseph McCarthy.

        • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

          Catholics were not traitors. Quakers were not traitors. I don’t even know if there actually were any socialists. You are basing your argument on a false premise. Shame on you.

          • burqa October 15th, 2014 at 5:34 am

            I am basing my argument on history.
            Catholics were seen as traitors, and when they landed in Maryland it was open season on them. It was called “The Burning Time.” They were seen as a threat because of their loyalties. Catholic priests were hunted on the frontier like game.
            Quakers, likewise were indeed considered traitors when they refused to join in war against Indians they were at peace with. For their trouble they were invaded, beaten, had their homes invaded and more because they harbored Indians others wanted to kill. Not positive, but I think the early Quakers were also against oaths, which by definition of the times made them traitors (I may be thinking of Mennonites, sometimes I get some of these groups confused).
            Socialists and others who attempted to organize labor were likewise mistreated horribly (I did not intend to imply these things all took place at the same time). Later on, when McCarthyism got in full swing, many socialists had to leave the country to work and others were driven out.

            Shame on you for not knowing your history.

          • burqa October 15th, 2014 at 5:56 am

            To add to my post, above, in colonial times the power struggles in Europe were played out here. So, for example, those who supported Cromwell viewed supporters of Charles II as traitors.

            When the king was a Catholic, Protestants were viewed as traitors and vice versa.

            This is how a lot of the colonists got here. There would be a change from, say, James II to William III and they would round up their political opponents, throw them in jail, and then to make room when the jails were full, they’d ship them over here.

        • Tammy Minton Haley October 14th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

          regressive right-wingers deserve no quarter–they are desperately wrong, in most everything…we do not have to favor stupidity–it deserves little, if any, protection…

          you do understand, that these people are actively trying to destroy our government, and the advances our society has made in the last 75 years…

          • burqa October 15th, 2014 at 5:21 am

            I agree with you in terms of politics.
            I disagree with you on treating people unequally and denying rights to those with whom we disagree.
            I do not think all these people spouting extreme rhetoric are “actively trying to destroy our government.” I think a lot of the time they are just not thinking or are trying to play to the crowd.

            When you say our political opponents “deserves little, if any protection” it sounds as if you favor “actively trying to destroy our government.”

            When fire is the problem, we should not fight it with more fire. All that does is makes the problem bigger. We should fight fire with water.
            We should also reject calls to do away with the protections and rights that were so costly to achieve for all Americans, regardless of race, sex or political beliefs. Americans paid a steep price to achieve and protect those rights and we should not be so quick to throw them away when we see someone else also trying to throw them away because then we’ll have nothing left.

          • Tammy Minton Haley October 16th, 2014 at 12:04 am

            you are terribly naive…

    • Jack E Raynbeau October 14th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      The time has passed to put a few of these clowns in prison. The law is clear.

      • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        Let the Wingnut Roundup begin and let it begin now!

  12. neworleans878 October 14th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    This sh*t is going waaaaaaay too far. How long before some idiot acts on the words of all these idiots?

    “Oh, but that’s not what I meant,” they’ll protest, and the R.W. media will defend them while the so-called “liberal” media will say nothing.

    I never stood for this kind of crap under any Republican president…and I never will if God forbid another ever gets in the White House.

    I’d say shame on them, but they have no concept of that term.

  13. Carla Akins October 14th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    FFS, what does she think this is? Kansas?

  14. mea_mark October 14th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    There are just to many treasonous republicans anymore.

    • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      We the People need to stop being tolerant of right wing treason. Time to start mass prosecutions of right wing traitors.

  15. Bunya October 14th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Everybody says stupid things once in a while, but this is over the top. If she’s running for congress, she should at least exhibit a fair amount of decorum.

    • neworleans878 October 14th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Decorum? Sounds like one of the fancy ferin’ words. Why do you hate America, Bunya? 🙂

    • M D Reese October 14th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      You’ve seen the GOPTP House’s “science” committee, haven’t you? She’ll fit right in.

  16. viva_democracy October 14th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    And people are in an uproar cuz Wendy Davis showed a wheelchair in a TV ad. Jeebuz Christmas this world is backwards.

  17. pinballsdoll October 14th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    i don’t think there’s another country in this world where people can talk about their leaders like this, it’s a damn shame

  18. Suzanne McFly October 14th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    She doesn’t want to cause any harm, but she called for a military coup for what purpose? To hug Obama? Batty nut job.

    • M D Reese October 14th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      I’m surprised she didn’t claim that it was just a joke and we have no senses of humor…

      • Suzanne McFly October 14th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        IKR, because talking about hurting the president is always funny!!!

        • M D Reese October 14th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

          Unless he’s a white male republican.

  19. Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Prosecute her as a traitor. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Right wingers need to be forced to take personal responsibility for their own words.

    • M D Reese October 14th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      I agree.

  20. Ol Blue October 14th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    GOP Presidential candidates, here’s your running mate right here. She’s ready!

  21. searambler October 14th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    “Dunnegan explains that she simply wanted to know what oath the military took to protect the country from enemies both foreign and domestic.”

    Then she said, “And I’m too stupid to google it, or go to a library and crack open a book. So I rely on my facebook friends to answer any questions I might have about anything and everything.”

  22. shpilk October 14th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I think closing Gitmo is a bit premature, myself.
    Lock these traitors up and throw away the key.

    • forpeace October 14th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      I really like that idea.

      • burqa October 14th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        I don’t.
        I like the American way and am not prepared to throw people in prison with all their rights trampled upon, the way shpik advocates.
        Shpik is advocating things that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died to protect.
        Shpik is saying we should copy the things we have long objected to.
        Shpik is advocating tyranny.

        • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

          You don’t want to lock traitors up?

          • burqa October 15th, 2014 at 5:11 am

            I don’t want to throw them in Gitmo, where prisoners were:
            * denied the right to a writ of habeas corpus,
            * denied the right to a public and speedy trial,
            * prevented from cross-examining witnesses against them,
            * were denied attorneys of their choice,
            * had lower thresholds for admissible evidence (such as hearsay evidence),
            * were denied attorney-client privilege,
            * were unable to see some of the evidence against them,
            * were subjected to cruel treatment like being made members of the “Frequent Flyer Club,”
            – to name a few objections I have to the notion of throwing people like this woman in Gitmo and throwing away the key.

            I am not willing to throw away our system in order to satisfy my personal disgust and ideological tastes.
            This dolt in the OP should be investigated and charged, if that is deemed proper. Then she should have a fair trial in which none of her rights are denied.
            The same for others doing the same, regardless of their politics.

  23. shpilk October 14th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    It’s people like her who embolden Jared Loughner, Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph – the extreme right wing fascist American Taliban need to be prosecuted and jailed.

    • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Let the Wingnut Roundup begin!

      • burqa October 14th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        Uhh, I don’t know about that. I am old enough to recall a time when the call for revolution was mostly coming from the Left. All that talk in dorm bull sessions about the Revolution kinda lost steam as marijuana became more available.
        Fight fire with water, not more fire when fire is the problem we object to.

        • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

          So because the left once spoke of revolution, that makes it acceptable for the right wing to do so now?

          • burqa October 15th, 2014 at 4:52 am

            No, not at all.
            Two wrongs make 2 wrongs.
            I was just kind of ruminating without thinking much about it, but we need to judge both the same.
            By the same token, we object to the violent rhetoric coming from nitwits like the woman in the OP should not engage in similar speech in response. But that is what we see here.
            I think it has gotten out of hand.
            On the Right, a dunce like the woman described in the OP gets little criticism for that kind of talk.
            Unfortunately, we can see right here people on the Left going overboard,, but few are willing to point it out.
            That is why I said fight fire with water.

          • Spirit of America October 15th, 2014 at 6:40 am

            Condemn wrong, regardless of side/party/person. I find most Americans share some base values. But I also find of late those same people apply those values only to the other side when violated, hardly ever at the mirror.

        • Tammy Minton Haley October 14th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

          i’m just going to come out and say it…extremist regressive right-wingers don’t get to have their version of “revolution”…


          • Boehner-Monkey October 15th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

            Only when their trust funds are threatened, then they become Che Guevara.

  24. Hirightnow October 14th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    “I meant ‘Hang his ni**er ass’ in the figurative sense…”

  25. Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    The sad part is I see this kind of sedition almost every day on The Hill, a right wing blog. This woman is just one that has been publicly exposed. There are millions of these treasonous right wingers out there. The rule of law demands they be prosecuted.

    • Jack E Raynbeau October 14th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      • Republicans_are_Evil October 14th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        Does that cover slogans like, “take our country back”?

        • Jack E Raynbeau October 14th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

          Too vague. But it should cover what this lady said.

  26. Jack E Raynbeau October 14th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Lock her up.

  27. Obewon October 14th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I think she meant to say ‘Maybe my (brain) was bad’-JeffCo GOP Recorder. Eerily similar to the former House Stenographer who flipped-out because “it’s the endtimes’ for crazy social conservatives.

    • Candide Thirtythree October 20th, 2014 at 5:11 am

      Religious psychosis is the most often seen symptom of mental illness but everyone is afraid to even mention it because the fundies start screaming about religious freedom when someone wigs out.

  28. gordonsoderberg October 14th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Sedition is pretty much all the ill intent you can have for your own country. And baiting veterans to commit treason is the ultimate of cowardice and ignorance.

    • Candide Thirtythree October 20th, 2014 at 5:08 am

      Both of my kids were in the military and there is just about nothing they hate more than a republican, they jokingly use the word republican as a cuss word. All of their military friends are the same way so I have to wonder why republicans thinks veterans like them or would do anything they said?

  29. Intolerantcentrist October 14th, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Hey, first time here..! Myself, and a bunch of other folks, got banned from RS (the mods are out of control). Thought I’d see if I could find some familiar faces here.

    Anyway, she isn’t the first TP’er to post something stupid only to retract it latter after the predicable backlash. Her supports, they heard the dog whistle regardless.

    • Spirit of America October 15th, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Welcome aboard.
      What is ‘RS’?

      • Obewon October 15th, 2014 at 6:44 am

        Eric Ericson’s RedState sewage pit.

        • Intolerantcentrist October 15th, 2014 at 10:19 am

          Oops. I didn’t realize the Red State possibility. And yes, its a sewage pit. Experienced some overflow from there that contaminates a few other sites.

      • Carla Akins October 15th, 2014 at 6:54 am

        Raw Story

      • Intolerantcentrist October 15th, 2014 at 10:11 am

        RS = Raw Story

    • mea_mark October 15th, 2014 at 11:50 am

      I see they changed their terms of service over there at Raw Story … Looks like they want to clamp down on all the flagging that is now occurring because Disqus took away the downvotes. IMO

      • Intolerantcentrist October 15th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        Thanks. Funny, it was the Mods who got flagged as well.

        Looks like they are having an identity crisis; are they fostering a “community” or establishing a “club”. The mess over there started with one poster commenting that his experience of living in a small town gave him a relatively better perspective on an issues than his experiences from living in the city. He was flamed. Those who supported his “right” to provide his opinion were also flamed. Haven’t seen that level of emotional driven banning since the good ol’ days of Huffington P.

        I recognize the job of a Mod is challenging. I certainly wouldn’t want the burden. But, the effective functioning of a forum does require rules, and the appropriate application of those rules.

        • mea_mark October 15th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

          The mods here are getting flagged as well. Sometimes cleaning house is in order and I bet that is what is going on. Too much leniency can lead to a big mess. Disqus doing away with visible downvotes has caused people to flag a lot more and I think that irritates moderators. Especially when you get people doing a tit-for-tat argument going on with the parties flagging each other. Throwing them both out to get control of the situation is an easy way to solve the problem. Not the best, but quick and easy.

          • Spirit of America October 15th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

            What is ‘visible down votes’? I see an up arrow and a down arrow by Reply under your comment… if I hit the down arrow, it doesn’t register for others to see?

          • mea_mark October 15th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

            Downvotes are counted in order to sort comments by ‘best’. Right click on the down arrow, then select inspect element. That will tell you what the down vote count is. Check par4thecourse on this thread, they have 2 downvotes. Disqus quit making the downvotes visible because people were downvoting people they didn’t like, regardless of the comment quality.

            To always see downvotes, if you use chrome, you can get an extension here …

          • Spirit of America October 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

            GOOD info, many thanks.
            (psssst, still wish there was a ‘help post’ area, I feel like I’m off topic when I ask a question)

  30. bpollen October 15th, 2014 at 4:50 am

    “I meant… military coupe. Yeah, yeah, that’s what I meant…”

    • Boehner-Monkey October 15th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      LOL, the Tea Party guy who did the 600 cars is a sucker for a sharp looking Humvee.

    • jasperjava October 15th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Like some kind of slick two-seater Jeep?

      • bpollen October 15th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        I was imagining more of a Humvee version of the Popemobile…

  31. rg9rts October 15th, 2014 at 5:01 am

    This …sadly…is indicative of the gopee mindset…very sick,,,,very extreme and they don’t see it…It doesn’t reflect the America I grew up with much less the one I served

    • Fossil1944 October 16th, 2014 at 6:31 am

      rg9rts; boy howdy, me either. Just another veteran who volunteered and am honored to have followed in the footsteps of so many who served before me.

  32. jasperjava October 15th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    What’s funny is that she doesn’t seem to realize that SHE is what is meant by the phrase “domestic enemies” in the oath: someone who would use violence to overturn the democratic will of the people.

  33. mauser 98 October 15th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    she is right

    • arc99 October 16th, 2014 at 12:29 am

      no she is horribly wrong.

      as far as I am concerned, it is she and people like you who are domestic enemies.

    • Nicholas Russell Harris October 16th, 2014 at 6:40 am

      Oh look another GOPter troll. . .

  34. Fossil1944 October 16th, 2014 at 6:25 am

    If she was “the lone wacko” such statements could be easily dismissed. She isn’t, there are thousands just like her in our Country. We must recognize that civics does matter and our involvement in the process is critically important. The simple power of our vote can put her and those like her in their place. We need not sacrifice our dignity or civility in order to do it.

    • rg9rts October 16th, 2014 at 9:20 am

      As the gopee knows…it is the local elections that are most important ..not the national ones

  35. RK Johnston October 28th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Why are the U.S. Armed Forces not overthrowing Obama?
    Oh, I don’t know…
    because the idea rotting in Leavenworth (on death row) for high treason and sedition (much less getting shot dead by loyal troops) doesn’t exactly appeal to even the most gung-ho senior commander, maybe?

    Dumb move, madame…