Official who called for armed overthrow of government says she has ‘no ill intent’

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Debbie Dunnegan (Credit: Jefferson County, Mo.)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — A county official in Missouri is scaling back her latest suggestion that American troops should overthrow President Barack Obama.

Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan called President Barack Obama “our domestic enemy” and suggested the U.S. Constitution would give the U.S. military the authority to oust the president in a coup d’état, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

“I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the Constitution gives you the authority. What am I missing?” Dunnegan, a Republican, wrote in a since deleted Facebook post.

Military recruits pledge to defend the United States against “all enemies, foreign and domestic” when joining the armed forces.

And despite calling for a military insurrection to depose Obama, Dunnegan insisted she “meant no ill intent toward the president” in an interview with the Post-Dispatch.

Dunnegan is up for reelection in November, but said the suggestion of a military coup could just as easily help as it could hurt her chances of retaining her position.



  • T S

    Where as I would like to think D. Dunnegan’s “off the cuff” remark was a jest, consider the following points. First, this is her own opinion. The FACT is that Mr. Obama was lawfully elected by over 50% of the nation. Her coup would result in a civil war due to an unlawful attempt to overthrow the government.
    Second, how is Obama a “domestic enemy”? Because you do not agree with him? It is that kind of thinking that WILL lead our nation into a civil war. America was founded on the principle of 13 different, unique colonies working together. No one single colony (state) dictated the others. They worked together.

  • shootmyownfood

    How did this woman ever get elected in the first place? She seems to have very little knowledge of how government should work. I’m glad I don’t live in her state.

  • charles bell

    Advocating the violent overthrow of the government is a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 2385, punishable by 20 years in prison. Why isn’t this dimwit under arrest?

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