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Martin Bashir To Tom Tancredo: Would You Rather Obama Have Died Than Bin Laden? (VIDEO)

Martin Bashir

First Posted: 05/11/11 10:46 AM ET Updated: 07/11/11 06:12 AM ET

MSNBC host Martin Bashir stunned ex-GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo on Tuesday when he used one of Tancredo's columns to ask if he wanted President Obama killed.

In a July 2010 Washington Times op-ed, Tancredo wrote, "Mr. Obama is a more serious threat to America than al Qaeda. We know that Osama bin Laden and followers want to kill us but at least they are an outside force against whom we can offer our best defense."

"Wasn't that a ludicrous thing to accuse the President of?" Bashir asked Tancredo on Tuesday. Tancredo said he "certainly" did not think it was ludicrous to make the analogy, and said that he was "very pleased" about bin Laden's killing. The two argued about whether or not President Bush would have been praised as much as Obama has been had bin Laden died during his administration. Then, Bashir asked, "to follow your logic, would you have preferred then the death of the President as opposed to bin Laden?"

"No. Of course not," Tancredo said. "My God. And that is not a logical assumption anybody can make."

"You said the president was a greater threat than Osama bin Laden," Bashir pointed out. Tancredo insisted that he didn't want any violence or harm to come to Obama, "except political harm."

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Filed by Jack Mirkinson  |