Maybe he thought he would win himself some points with his constituents back in South Carolina. After all, shortly after the outburst, he hauled in well over $1 million in campaign contributions. Or maybe he’s just a reactive dick. Either way, Representative Joe Wilson became instantly infamous when he interrupted a speech President Obama was making before a joint session of Congress with a loud, “YOU LIE!”
Wilson certainly reaped the benefits of his actions within the ultra-conservative base of the Republican party. His current bio, taken directly from his personal website, attests to that:
Today, Joe serves as an Assistant Majority Whip and on the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Since the 111th Congress, he has been appointed to the highly influential Republican Policy Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Bulgaria Caucus and the French Caucus, Co-Chair for the Slovak Caucus, and on the Afghanistan Caucus, the Kurdistan Caucus, and the Americans Abroad Caucus.
If you’ll remember, Wilson received harsh criticism for his outburst from both sides of the isle, and was forced to issue a statement of apology for his breech of decorum.
That was eight years ago. But apparently, eight years was not long enough for his constituents to forget…
Mother Jones reports that Joe Wilson held a town-hall type meeting in Graniteville, SC this week, where attendees “shouted down” and jeered at the congressman with chants of “you lie!” Mother Jones points out that the most eruptive moment of the town hall was when Wilson, “who in 2013 voted against extending the Violence Against Women Act, told the crowd he had advocated to protect women against violence.”
Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it, Mr. Wilson?