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Klayman Suggests Obama Should ‘Come Out With Your Hands Up’

By Mark Potok on September 18, 2013 - 11:48 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda

Larry Klayman, the addled former Justice Department prosecutor who specializes in filing ridiculous lawsuits against his political enemies, has taken his hatred of “the half-Muslim, anti-white, socialist fraud in the White House” one step further.

After “indicting” President Obama in one of his completely bogus “citizens’ grand juries” in May, Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch who now heads another extreme-right outfit called Freedom Watch, this week suggested that he will bring “millions” of Americans to Washington in November who “may think about chanting: ‘Mr. President (to use the term loosely), put the Quran down, get up off your knees and come out with your hands up!’”

“This fraudster, who stole the presidency and has done so much harm, will finally know that his time has come to leave his perverted, Islamic concept of Mecca, our nation’s hallowed capital,” Klayman wrote at the end of an essay entitled “Obama, come out with your hands up!” that he posted at the far-right RenewAmerica blog on Sept. 16. “I do not advocate violence, but it is time we show Obama that we mean business. He would be well advised to ride off into his Islamic sunset, link up with 72 virgins and party on at his own expense — not ours!”

Klayman doesn’t specifically advocate violence, as he says himself, but his imagery conjures up huge crowds of Americans, in Washington for Klayman’s planned “Occupy Washington” protest, demanding the president’s resignation at gunpoint. Klayman then toys with the idea of Obama’s death when he refers to the 72 virgins with which some Muslims believe God rewards “martyred” jihadists.

Klayman has long been infamous for the scores of lawsuits he has filed against enemies including Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, Osama bin Laden, Dick Cheney, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, his own mother and many others. A 1998 Washington Post profile quoted a former colleague describing him as a man who would “sue you for criticizing his tie” and reported that one judge had cited him for a “pattern of misconduct” for vexatious litigation. The profile also quoted attorneys familiar with Klayman describing him as “a caricature of a combative and suspicious lawyer.”

In recent years, Klayman has gone beyond filing unsuccessful lawsuits against those he despises. He has taken to convening “citizens’ grand juries,” an idea with no basis in the law but one that originated on the radical right. In the 1990s, dozens of so-called “common-law courts” and “citizens’ grand juries” issued baseless indictments and “convictions” of Clinton, then-Attorney General Janet Reno and any number of others who were seen as enemies. Similar “courts” have re-emerged in more recent years with the strong resurgence of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.

Klayman, whose most recent book is entitled Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment, was a federal prosecutor under President Ronald Reagan and claims to be an international lawyer. Among the far-right outlets that run his propaganda pieces is WorldNetDaily, the “news” website that once published a six-part series alleging that consumption of soybeans causes homosexuality.

  • Wayne Dickson

    Ha! In the comment criticizing Klayman’s carelessness (or cluelessness) in respect to language, I omitted a closing quotation mark. Serves me right for being snarky.

  • Wayne Dickson

    You were generous, Mr. Potok. What he actually said was “come up with your hands out. Hey. Anyone can have a slip of the tongue (or translation), right? JFK told a German audience that he was a pastry.

    But then, in complaining about how he had been maligned, he said the liberal media had been “pouring over” his words. And a pattern of illiteracy like this really should undermine his credibility.

  • Jane Schiff

    Can’t he be disbarred?

  • Reynardine

    Mr. Klayman has firmly set the date of his uprising for November 19.

  • Mike

    Author and commentators, I don’t share any of your values but I found it informative.

  • aadila

    Thank God I can still laugh at that Presidency. Otherwise it would be all tears.

  • Reynardine


  • aadila

    Rey, by chance was that the same guy who tried to give Angela Merkel a backrub at the G8?

  • Kiwiwriter

    “JDF said,

    on September 20th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I don’t blame Obama for the criminal negligence that has been perpetrated by this administration and brought our country to it knees and made us the laughing stock of the world.
    The blame rests squarely with those who voted for him. Some learned their lesson during the first four years, but for those who were anti-American enough to vote for him a second time around, they deserve twice the blame.”

    JDF, you have a superb grasp of the utterly irrelevant.

    The policies of the administration and their validity are not at issue here. A nutcase lawyer hurling frivolous lawsuits and screeching for the President of the United States to impeached and jailed for the same frivolous causes is the issue here.

    Go back to your hole, little Troll. Roll over! Sit! Stand up! Speak! Play dead! There’s a good Troll! We might have a Pat Robertson/Alex Jones cookie for you!

  • Reynardine

    JDF, you are ten years out of date. *Then* was when we were the laughing stock of the world. And I bet you voted for the guy who landed on an aircraft carrier with sawdust in his codpiece and ate mashed potatoes and gravy with his fingers at a state dinner. Don’t say no. I saw both with my own eyes.

  • Reynardine

    Statutes. Tiny keyboard.

  • supersonic250


    Niiiiiice blame shifting buddy, but you should aim your ire at the House Republicans who refuse to pass ANY laws or bills, and who are focused ENTIRELY on removing Obamacare, despite the fact that the majority of the public supports it. Do your research, get a brain, and then come back and talk when you’re not feeling so stupid.

  • JDF

    I don’t blame Obama for the criminal negligence that has been perpetrated by this administration and brought our country to it knees and made us the laughing stock of the world.
    The blame rests squarely with those who voted for him. Some learned their lesson during the first four years, but for those who were anti-American enough to vote for him a second time around, they deserve twice the blame.

  • Reynardine

    Kiwi, these are criminal statures from the U.S. Code defining incitement to insurrection, sedition, conspiracy to commit sedition, and incitement to mutiny.

  • amazonfeet

    they need to arrest this idiot. I think he will not stop till he sets off another mentally unstable right winger with an arsenal…it is getting scary out there…I do not fit the physical or political ideal of people like this, and I fear that I will someday be a victim of people like this…

  • John MacMurray

    DrMJG. Birch Society, indeed. Want a hoot? the JBS was founded and funded by Fred Koch, father of the now-famous Koch Bros., who made his fortune building pipelines and refineries for Joe Stalin.

    More on this at

  • DrMJG

    Apology: Did not mean to link the treasonous semi-lawyer with Judicial Watch as cleanly as I did.

  • DrMJG

    He is not the only one who has suggested this. However, a very open Secret Service visit and/or justice department visit just might cause his to reconsider his positions! (Who am I kidding?)

    Judicial Watch got its start going after the Clintons for every imaginable reason. They are nothing more than a semi-litigeous arm of a new version of the old John Birch Society types.

    Perhaps first Judicial Watch then the more vocal advocates of armed violence against the President. We need to end the madness now.

  • Northland10

    FYI.. Klayman founded Judicial Watch but left them somewhere around 2002 or so. He has actually been involved with suing them for this and that ever since. His new organization is Freedom Watch.

  • Kiwiwriter

    The thing that baffles me is why he hasn’t been sanctioned for the frivolous lawsuits, disbarred for misconduct, and investigated for hurling these threats.

    Reynardine, you’ll have to fill me in on the specifics of 18USC, I’m afraid.

    The “72 virgins.” That’s a punchline in search of a joke, usually about science fiction or computer gaming fans, so I’ll avoid it.

  • concernedcitizen

    Very clever Reynardine, and a very good question about why he isn’t in jail, more gently put; not that he deserves that sort of verbal gentleness.

  • Critical Dragon1177

    Mark Potok,

    Klayman is living in a paranoid, deluded fantasy world.

  • Gregory

    I waited a couple of hours to comment, contemplating the layers of stoopid and crazy, and how a nutcase like Klayman is dangerously close to what passes for mainstream conservative opinion.

    In the dark ages, before the rise of the Intertubes and Faux News, I used to enjoy reading the rants of fringe characters like Klaymen because they were on the fringe. Thanks to assholes like Rupert Murdoch, Breitbart, et. al., this sort of insanity is given a platform and an imprimatur of respectability that defies logic.

  • Reynardine

    He has landed squarely on point with 18USC§§ 2383 and 2385, and colorably §§2384 , 2387, and 2388. Why isn’t his Equus asinus in jail?

  • Brian

    He hasn’t taken his meds. I certainly hope that the Secret Service pays him a visit and that Klayman leaves with the guys in white jackets….