House candidate Joshua Black, who called for President Obama to be hanged, resigns from Pinellas GOP

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Joshua Black, a Republican candidate for the Florida House who said that President Barack Obama should be hanged, has resigned from the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee.

 On Monday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it should be noted – Black (who is African-American) enthusiastically agreed with a supporter’s suggestion that the president of the United States of America be tried for non-specific treason and then executed via hanging.

Black’s comments were immediately rebuke from politicians from across the state, including Governor Rick Scott and Florida GOP chair Lenny Curry.

On Tuesday, Scott resigned his membership in the Pinellas GOP, according to party chairman Michael Guju. Black was a precinct chair in the PCREC.

“The statements Mr. Black made were personal opinions and in no way reflective the opinion of the Pinellas Republican Party, the Republican Party of Florida or any Republican organization,” said Guju. “By resigning, we are, however, appreciative that Mr. Black does not wish to bring further embarrassment to our organization.”

Upon hearing about Black’s resignation, state party chairman Curry tweeted, “Good.”

Before his resignation, Black had been unapologetic for his comments, saying that the President should be arrested and tried for treason.

“This is the man who droned Al-Awaki [sic] on ‘suspicion of terrorism — not proof — and later killed his 15-year-old son for nothing more than being his son,” Black said on Facebook.  

As of Tuesday afternoon, Black was still listed as a candidate for the Florida House.

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