Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia joked on June 10 that people should pray for President Barack Obama: "Let his days be few and let another have his office" (video below).
Perdue made his remarks during a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C., notes RightWing Watch.org.
"You know, I think we are called to pray. I think we are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and, yes, even our president. You know, in his role as president, I think we should pray for Barack Obama. But I think we need to be very specific about how we pray. We should pray like Psalm 109:8 says. It says, 'Let his days be few and let another have his office.' In all seriousness, I believe that America is at a moment of crisis."
The entire passage, Psalm 109: 8-16, is a prayer for vengeance:
"Let his days be few; Let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless And his wife a widow.
Let his children wander about and beg; And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.
Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
Let there be none to extend loving kindness to him, Nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off; In a following generation let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, And do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the LORD continually, That He may cut off their memory from the earth;
Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, But persecuted the afflicted and needy man, And the despondent in heart, to put them to death."
Sahil Kapur, of Bloomberg Politics, tweeted this emailed statement from Perdue spokeswoman Caroline Vanvick:
"Senator Perdue said we are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and for our president. He in no way wishes harm towards our president and everyone in the room understood that. However, we should add the media to our prayer list because they are pushing a narrative to create controversy and that is exactly what the American people are tired of."