The South Carolina Republican shouted “You lie!” after Obama told a joint session of Congress that extending health care to all Americans who seek it would not mean insuring illegal immigrants.
Although Wilson swiftly apologized — and Obama has since accepted — his actions were condemned by both Democrats and Republicans.
His outburst was reminiscent of the orchestrated displays during recent congressional town hall meetings by opponents of Obama’s health care plan.
It may also wind up costing him, politically.
Wilson’s opponent, Rob Miller, has received donations totalling $700,000 since his remark, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
It’s one thing to disagree with the president’s politics and policies. It’s another, however to shout at him from your seat in the House chamber. Wilson’s outburst was wrong — he admits it now — hopefully he hasn’t set a bad precedent for other members of Congress.