Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) made a big boo-boo. You see, Boca Raton, Florida, is an area in Palm Beach County which is totally nothing like Boko Haram, the vicious terrorist group.
Gosar said that if the U.S. were to pay ransom to terrorists, then “every American citizen traveling abroad becomes a subject in regard for kidnapping and then the plight of how much money has been captivated in the Boca Raton group,” Talking Points Memo reports.
On CNN’s “Newsroom” Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., discussed whether the United States should pay ransom to terrorists, and then he weighed in on that vicious town, Boca Raton.
“Once you start doing that, then everybody, every American citizen traveling abroad becomes a subject in regard for kidnapping and then the plight of how much money has been captivated in the Boca Raton group,” he declared.
The Sun Sentinel reports:
On-air host Carol Costello let Gosar’s comment pass without correction, but the CNN transcript was edited so that “Boca Raton” read as “Boko Haram,” a fighting force of Islamist militants who have been blamed for numerous deaths in Africa and the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Chuckling, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said she is unfamiliar with the group in her city.
“While I’m pleased that the congressman from Arizona would have the name of Boca Raton on his lips, I am disappointed that he would confuse our vibrant, beautiful city with a movement promoting Islamist insurgency in Nigeria,” she said.
On Friday, his office said the Congressman, “had been awake for almost 24 hours and had given many interviews that day.”
Michael Squires, the politics editor for the Arizona Republic newspaper, tweeted a screengrab of the news release:
— Michael Squires (@mgsquires) February 13, 2015
I used to live in Boca Raton. I never realized it was under siege. I guess I’m just slow like that sometimes.
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