Tennessee State Republican Rep. Kelly Keisling forwarded an e-mail from a conservative blogger to his constituents which alleged that President Obama would stage an assassination attempt on his life in order to keep the 2012 presidential election from happening, reports The Huffington Post.
According to The Huffington Post:
Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) sent an email from his state email account to constituents containing a rumor that Obama and the Department of Homeland Security are planning a series of events that could lead to the imposition of “martial law” and delay the election. Among the events hypothesized in the email is a staged assassination attempt on the president that would lead to civil unrest in urban areas and martial law.
Keisling appears to have forwarded a more widely circulated email from Joe Angione, a Florida-based conservative blogger. Angione prefaces the rumor by saying it has not been confirmed but likewise notes it has not been denied. Angione also writes that people need to work to prevent the rumor from becoming reality.
Keisling’s temporary assistant said that the e-mail was sent at the legislator’s request under the name of someone who was identified as Keisling’s assistant.