A Republican running to be governor of Oklahoma says he has received death threats for a Facebook post proposing euthanasia for disabled people but insists he didn’t write the post, KFOR reports.
A Facebook post on a page for GOP candidate Christopher Barnett polled followers about whether to take away food stamps from people if they don’t apply for two jobs per week.
“Most receiving food stamps work, or are disabled,” a user replied. “Some are elderly.”
“The ones who are disabled and can’t work…why are we required to keep them?” Barnett’s campaign account wrote back. “Sorry but euthanasia is cheaper and doesn’t make everyone a slave to the Government.”
The account then wondered if taxpayers should “have to keep up people who cannot contribute to society any longer?”
“Obviously, I’m not saying the Government should put these people down,” the account wrote. “I’m just saying that we shouldn’t keep them up. “If they can take care of themselves without Government assistance, great. If not, let them starve and die. Easy as that.”
The comments have since been deleted and Barnett insists that he isn’t responsible for the remarks.
“ I’m reading some of these things, and it’s appalling. Hitler euthanized people, and I just loved how they’ve put this together and they’re trying to make me into Hitler,” Barnett told KFOR.
He says he received death threats after the post.
“There are people saying they want to shoot me, they are going to assassinate me, they are going to shoot me, they are going to blow us up,” said Barnett.
Barnett claimed all of his Facebook pages, including the one for his carpet cleaning business, were compromised by hackers.
Barnett claims he has been “unsuccessful in getting any help from Facebook.”
He has not filed a police report, claiming that he is “waiting on advice from counsel.”