In the letter, King points out that President Obama himself has referred to "prominent politicians" as liars for using dubious death panels, etc. to attack his health care plans. He also says that the evidence points to the fact that Obama was actually lying.
The Democrat's demand for an apology is ridiculous, King says, because Wilson already apologized to the president personally.
"Joe Wilson is taking a lot of heat and some of it is coming from Republicans," King said in his email to fellow House Republicans. "He may be the subject of a disciplinary resolution on the House floor as early as Tuesday. We all know Joe for the officer and gentleman that he is. I have penned a letter to him that urges him to stand his ground. It also points out that President Obama accused "prominent politicians" of lying in the sentence just prior to Joe's outburst. "
Below is the letter:
Dear Joe [or Dear Rep. Wilson],
We, your colleagues in the House, stand beside you. During the president's speech to a joint session of Congress, we had just heard President Obama declare "prominent politicians" to be liars for disagreeing with him on healthcare. You, and we, knew his statement that healthcare legislation would not fund illegal immigrants was not supported by the facts, especially in light of two House committee votes, the Congressional Budget Office, and a Congressional Research Service report. However, we agree with your statement on your lack of civility and with your response.
Your immediate call and apology to the White House was the appropriate and an adequate response, especially because your apology was immediately accepted. No further action is required. We urge that you hold your ground against those who seek partisan advantage and reject all demands for additional redress. When the President of the United States accepts an apology, no observer has an additional claim. Like you, we will not be muzzled and we will work together to ensure that Americans have full access to the truth about the proposals before Congress."
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