Shortly after he yelled "You lie!" at the President during his evening remarks, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) issued the following statement.
This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.
The Statement wasn't enough. Wilson was roundly condemned by his fellow lawmakers
, his personal House web site had crashed by Monday morning due to a flood of attention, and most importantly, ActBlue
, a liberal organization, claimed it has raised $96,000 for Rob Miller, a Democrat who is running against Wilson in the mid-term elections. From their site:
Rob Miller is running against Republican Joe Wilson. Who's that? He's the guy who yelled "you lie" at Obama on international TV.
Some fans tried to offer their support. A Facebook group
titled "Barack IS a liar! Rock On Rep. Joe Wilson!" accumulated 85 members by Thursday morning.