Bob Johnson, a Republican candidate for Congress in Georgia, reportedly announced earlier this year that he would rather see “another terrorist attack” than go through airport screenings.
Johnson, who hopes to be elected to the House of Representatives, apparently announced his belief at a candidate’s forum in February, according to a clip obtained by Politico.
According to reports, Johnson began by criticizing the TSA for doing something “profound” in “indoctrinating generations of Americans to walk through a line and be prodded and probed by uniformed personnel, agents of the government, like sheep.”
He went on to make his now infamous declaration, admitting that it would sound “outrageous.”
“I’d rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen. Give me liberty or give me death. Isn’t that what Patrick Henry said at the founding of our republic?” Johnson is quoted as saying.
In a statement to Politico, Johnson apologized for his “heat of the moment” remark, but did not back off from his fear of “jackboot uniformed people in our backyards.”
"As a 26 year Army Ranger, head and neck surgeon and even a Christian medical missionary, I’ve sworn my life to defending this country and keeping people safe. And as a Constitutional conservative, it angers me that we are giving up our liberty to the bureaucratic TSA and spying on our own people in the name of false security and that has to stop...while making the point that I would much rather fight the enemy than our federal government, I said something stupid and should have chosen my words more carefully."
Johnson will participate in the primary May 20.
The full clip can be viewed below.