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Pro-Bernie Texas Congressional Candidate Says He Hopes Obama Gets Cancer ‘Or Worse’


Pro-Bernie Texas Congressional Candidate Says He Hopes Obama Gets Cancer ‘Or Worse’

A Texas Democrat running for Congress tweeted on Sunday that former President Barack Obama deserved “the most malignant cancer imaginable” for his work on the Affordable Care Act, before deleting some of his tweets on the subject.

In the now-deleted tweet, Justin Lecea quoted a post from Obama encouraging people to sign up for health insurance before the December 15 deadline.

“I just want you to think about all the people who have and will die because Obamacare is pointless and your entire presidency was a waste,” Lecea tweeted. “If god was just you would get the most malignant cancer imaginable,” he added.

Health care analyst Charles Gaba shared a screenshot of Lecea’s deleted tweet, tagging Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“When I tweeted it out, I meant to say something offensive, because that’s the only way that people pay attention to things,” Lecea later told Newsweek.

Lecea doubled down on his criticism in a new Twitter thread hours later, citing his personal experience with the health care system.

“People are criticizing me for wishing cancer on Obama. I say that having lost a parent to brain cancer after 12 years of fighting, and getting to see just how terrible our Healthcare system is, and I still think he deserves it or worse,” he wrote.

The candidate said that he was “just wishing justice upon somebody who deserves it.”

Lecea also called Obama a “war criminal” who deported over 3 million undocumented immigrants.

“I acknowledge that the delivery of my statement may have been crude and offensive, but the motivation for my statement came from a place of deep suffering and anguish,” he wrote on Tuesday. “I have personally seen the suffering that our inadequate healthcare system has inflicted on us all.” Further in the thread he noted that Twitter had “forced the removal” of his original tweet.

“I apologize to the people that are offended by it, but I’m not going to apologize to a war criminal or somebody that I feel has no moral or ethical standing to be anywhere near the position of power that he’s in,” he added.

Lecea also called out his opponent, incumbent Representative Joaquin Castro, for not signing on to Medicare for All. “[H]e may not wish cancer on war criminals, but he certainly doesn’t seem to care if any of our fellow Americans can afford healthcare.”


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