An Ultimate Fighting Championship ring isn’t your typical political arena, but Jacob Volkmann used his recent win against Antonio McKee as an opportunity to turn his attention to Washington, particularly the President’s policies, and suggested he’d like to take down the commander-in-chief.
Asked by FanHouse reporter Ariel Helwani whom he wants to fight next, Volkmann replies, “Actually, Obama.”
“He’s not too bright,” insisted the 30-year old fighter. “Someone needs to knock some sense into that idiot.”
Volkmann went on to say, “I just don’t like what Barack is doing,” before griping about the President’s health care plan, which Volkmann, a chiropractor on the side, hurts his business, “I’m starting my own business and it’s not real easy when you’re actually giving insurance companies the power to decline you and not pay you.” As Tanya Somanader points out, however, Volkmann’s assertion isn’t completely true, for the President’s reform actually has incentives for small businesses.
The real question here isn’t political nuance, though. It’s whether Volkmann’s words can be considered a threat against the President.
Secret service agents have been investigating all kinds of threats to the president, including a Facebook poll asking “Should Obama be killed?,” a tweet in which a man declared Barack should be killed and an burned effigy of the president.
Volkmann’s comments aren’t as violent or incendiary, and fall closer to an example out of Florida, where police sergeant Matthew Neu has been suspended for highlighting and planning to distribute a Biblical verse he called “The Obama Prayer.”
“Let his days be few – and let another take his office,” read the underlined passage. The next verse continues, “Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.” Neu defended the passage as just a “funny” blurb, instead of a real menace. One has to assume Volkmann was being bombastic and not literally suggesting a bout with Obama. (Although, to be fair, they appear to be in about the same lightweight class, so maybe it would be evenly matched.)
Regardless of how one interprets Volkmann’s remarks, the fighter just guaranteed himself some new friends and enemies alike. Oh, and before anyone jumps to any conclusions, Volkmann also tells Helwani that he’s no fan of Sarah Palin, either.
Here’s video of Volkmann’s chat with Helwani: