Live Interview: Plymouth County Sheriff faces backlash, defends himself for Obama assassination joke

Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr. is defending a joke he told at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in which Abraham Lincoln visits President Barack Obama in a dream and suggests he go to the theater.

Lincoln was assassinated in a theater and Democratic critics say even a joke suggesting the current president might get shot was inappropriate, especially from a public safety official.

McDonald Jr. made the joke Sunday at the heavily Republican breakfast.

Listen to the controversial joke, local reaction, and an in-studio interview with Sheriff McDonald from Christine James’ noon newscast below:

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