Everyone is Talking About It…Except Tommy Thompson

Two Days After Divisive Comments, Tommy Thompson Remains Silent 

On Sunday, Tommy Thompson’s son was captured on video saying, “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya.”

Jason Thompson, a 38 year old lawyer at Micheal Best and Friedrich, was speaking for the Thompson campaign at a campaign event with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus.

Now, two days later, Tommy Thompson remains silent and has yet to say one word about his son’s divisive comments. He has not apologized for his son’s comments, nor has he disavowed them.

In fact, the only thing Thompson has said is, "I haven't seen a video," and 'I don't know what you're talking about," when he was asked about video on Sunday night by reporters at a campaign event with Scott Walker.

Neither Thompson nor his son have yet to say one word publicly about the comments.

Watch the video here.

Everyone is Talking About it…But Not Tommy Thompson.

GOP has itself to blame for Thompson’s Kenya joke
Washington Post’s Jonathon Capehart - Some folks just can’t resist blabbering birther nonsense. The latest example occurred yesterday in Wisconsin at a Republican fundraiser. The offender was Jason Thompson, whose father, Tommy Thompson, is the former governor of the Badger State and current candidate for U.S. Senate against Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D).  LINK

Wisconsin Senate Candidate's Son Says We "Have The Opportunity" To Send Obama Back To Kenya
Buzzfeed - Jason Thompson, the son of former Governor and Wisconsin Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, speaking this morning at a brunch attended by Tommy Thompson and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that “we have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya.” A woman in attendance then chimed in “we are taking donations for that Kenya trip.” A spokesman for Thompson did not immediately return a request for comment. LINK

Candidate's son makes Obama/Kenya joke
USA Today - The campaign of a Republican Senate candidate has apologized for a Kenya joke about President Obama made by the candidate's son. Jason Thompson, the son of former governor and current Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, told a brunch sponsored by the Kenosha County Republican Party: "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago -- or Kenya." One woman said: "We are taking donations for that Kenya trip." Obama's father was born in Kenya, but the president was born in Honolulu. LINK

Jason Thompson On Obama: 'We Have The Opportunity' To Send The President Back To Kenya
Huffington Post - Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson's son delivered some head-turning thoughts on the presidential election Sunday morning. In a clip posted on YouTube from a Republican Party Of Kenosha County brunch event, Jason Thompson commented that "we have the opportunity" to send President Barack Obama "back to Chicago -- or Kenya," drawing applause from the crowd. Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus was among the other speakers, adding that "we have an opportunity to save America" by electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Shorewood (Wis.) Patch reports that Tommy Thompson, who was not at the event, told reporters that he had not seen the video.. LINK

Senate Candidate’s Son: Send Obama Back To Kenya!

Newsweek/Daily Beast - Everybody loves a good birther joke, right? Right? Unfortunately for Milwaukee lawyer Jason Thompson, son of former Wisconsin governor and Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, an unfortunate Obama quip made at a GOP brunch Sunday (captured on camera here) is drawing more than laughs. LINK

Tommy Thompson's son's 'Kenya' gibe
Politico - The son of Wisconsin Senate candidate Tommy Thompson suggested voters had an “opportunity” to send President Barack Obama “back to Kenya” at a brunch Sunday. “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya,” Jason Thompson says in the clip, according to a report by BuzzFeed. RNC Chair Reince Priebus attended the brunch, which was hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Members of the so-called birther movement often falsely believe the president was born in Kenya.  LINK

Thompson's Son: Send Obama Back to Kenya

National Journal - Not exactly on message: BuzzFeed reports that Jason Thompson, son of Wisconsin GOP Senate nominee Tommy Thompson, said while speaking at a brunch that "we have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago -- or Kenya." Oh, and it's on video. LINK

How to Talk to Your 38-Year-Old Son About Birtherism
New Yorker - At a GOP brunch yesterday, Jason Thompson, the 38-year-old son of Wisconsin Senate candidate (and former governor) Tommy Thompson, quipped that “we have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya.” LINK

Birtherism and Frank Marshall Davis in Wisconsin
Slate - U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson spent this weekend at closed-door events, wrapping them up with a press conference, limiting his potential exposure to gaffe. It might have worked had a Democratic tracker not gotten into a Kenosha GOP breakfast and taped Jason Thompson -- the candidate's son! -- joking that Republicans "have the opportunity to send Barack Obama back to Chicago, or Kenya." Southeast Wisconsin is the oddest of places to make this joke. LINK

Wisc. Senate Candidate’s Son Goes Birther: ‘We Have the Opportunity to Send Obama Back to Kenya’
Gawker - Here's a video of Jason Thompson, the son of former Wisconsin governor and current Republican candidate for senate Tommy Thompson, at the Kenosha County GOP brunch yesterday morning. What's that he's saying? "'[W]e have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago - or Kenya.' LINK

GOP Pep Talk: 'Send Obama Back to Kenya'
The Root - From Obama effigies and hate speech to coded racial commentary and flat-out lies, this campaign season has had no shortage of bizarre, infuriating and downright insane political moments. As the presidential election approaches, we're collecting them here for a special edition of our Crazy Talk series. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. "Send Obama back to Kenya": You always know things are getting intense politically when Republicans start reminding people of President Obama's ties to Africa (where he was not born, but if they haven't gotten that after four years, maybe it's a lost cause). Mediaite reports that at a Republican brunch event this morning that was attended by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, the son of Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Tommy Thompson told the audience LINK

Tommy Thompson: Plagued by Things People Believe
Esquire Magazine - Wisconsin Republican senatorial candidate Tommy Thompson has enough trouble these days without his family getting involved. His lead over Tammy Baldwin virtually has evaporated, and people are talking openly about whether or not the septuagenarian Thompson has enough ginger to get through the rest of the campaign. LINK

Tommy Thompson's son calls for sending Obama back 'to Kenya'
Journal Sentinel - Like father, like son. Jason Thompson, the son of former Gov. Tommy Thompson, was caught on video Sunday suggesting at a Republican event that voters this fall could send President Barack Obama back "to Kenya." "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago - or Kenya," said Thompson, an attorney at Michael Best and Friedrich, during a fall brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party. LINK

Internet buzzing over Thompson's son
620 WTMJ - Both Governor Walker and VP candidate Paul Ryan helped Governor Tommy Thompson raise campaign money Sunday. But, it's comments by Thompson's son made Sunday morning that has the Internet buzzing. "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago, or Kenya," Jason Thompson said while speaking to a group of Republicans in Kenosha Sunday morning. LINK

Tommy Thompson's Son Jokes About Sending Obama Back to Kenya
Mount Pleasant Patch - Speaking at a fundraiser in Kenosha on Sunday, the son of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson joked about sending President Barack Obama back to Kenya. Jason Thompson spoke at a GOP brunch attended by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and state party Chairman Brad Courtney. As seen on a YouTube video, Jason Thompson tells supporters: "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya." LINK

Tommy Thompson's son suggests voters send President Obama back to Kenya
Examiner - When Barack Obama ran for president four years ago, many Republicans were skeptical as to whether Obama was a true United States citizen. “Show us your birth certificate,” legislators pressed. One would think the ignorant remarks would be long gone, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. During a Kenosha County Republican Party brunch in Milwaukee on Sunday, Jason Thompson, the son of former Wisconsin governor and Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, was caught on video recommending voters ought to send President Obama back to Kenya. LINK

Son of Tommy Thompson Jokes About Sending Obama to Kenya
KKOH Radio - Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson said late Sunday he hadn’t seen a video of his son at a fundraiser earlier in the day in which he jokes about sending President Obama “back to Chicago…or Kenya.” Jason Thompson was speaking at a fundraiser in Kenosha, Wis., attended by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and state party Chairman Brad Courtney when he told the brunch crowd, “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago -- or Kenya.” As the crowd applauds, a woman’s voice is heard saying, “We’re taking donations for the Kenya trip.” LINK

Jason Thompson (Tommy Thompson’s son): let’s “send President Obama back to Chicago – or Kenya” 
Blogging Blue - “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago – or Kenya.” (laughter) So says Jason Thompson, who happens to be Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson’s son. As reported by Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed, Jason Thompson made his side-splitting birther comments at a brunch this morning attended by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. LINK

Tommy Thompson’s Son: Send Obama Back “to Chicago or Kenya!” 
Taylor Marsh Blog - IT MAKES you root for Tammy Baldwin all the more. From Daniel Brice: Jason Thompson, the son of former Gov. Tommy Thompson, was caught on video Sunday suggesting at a Republican event that voters this fall could send President Barack Obama back “to Kenya.” “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago – or Kenya,” Jason Thompson, an attorney at Michael Best and Friedrich, said during a fall brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party. LINK

Tommy Thompson’s son tells birther joke about sending Obama to Kenya
The Raw Story -  The son of a Republican Senate candidate in Wisconsin has apologized after he told a joke about sending Barack Obama to Kenya, suggesting that agrees with the so-called birthers who do not believe that the president is a U.S. citizen. “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya,” Jason Thompson, the son of former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson said at a brunch on Sunday. LINK

Tommy Thompson's Son Goes Birther

Taegan Goodard’s Political Wire - A new video captures Jason Thompson, the son of former Wisconsin governor and current U.S. candidate Tommy Thompson (R), at a GOP gathering yesterday saying, "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago -- or Kenya." LINK

Son of Republican Senate candidate caught on camera urging voters to send President Obama back to Kenya

Daily Mail - Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson's campaign says his son has apologized for suggesting that voters should send President Obama back to Kenya. Jason Thompson, the son of the former Wisconsin governor, was caught on camera during a Sunday brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party. "We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya," said Jason Thompson, an attorney at a large Milwaukee law firm. LINK