David Marsters has since deleted the offensive image, but remains defiant in the face of criticism.
“[The Secret Service] didn’t see no pictures of Obama with bullet holes in his head,” Marsters told the Bangor Daily News. “It’s not a threatening statement, in my opinion. People take it out of context as a threat.”
The former police officer and decorated National Guard veteran says it wasn't a threat because it didn't say he or anyone specific planned to shoot the president.
"I didn’t say I was going to shoot the president, or kill -- shoot the n-----. Shoot the n----- -- that’s what I said."
"I’m pissed off at the system, OK. We’re about to lose our benefits because of this [expletive]." Marsters was referring to his belief that Affordable Care Act will end spousal benefits for his ill wife, and believes she will die due to the Obamacare.
Marsters maintained the racial terminology was not in fact racist, because in his home state of Massachusetts, he says, black people use that slur against white people.
Further, Marsters says he would have used the same epithet for Mitt Romney if he had become president. "I would say, ‘Shoot the n-----, because white people are n------, too."
"I fought 30 years for this [expletive] country,” Marsters said. "I’m not gonna let him take it away."
Marsters is also a birther, and maintains that Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate was a fraud, and that he is not a legal president.
But he stands by his comments, and believes the people of his town will support him not despite them, but because of them.
“People of Sabattus, they’re all fond of the gun law and they’re all against Obama,” Marsters said. "Obama’s made many mistakes,” he said, “Can’t I make a mistake?"
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