A reader is echoing many:
Look, I'm against Perry and everything he represents. Not only were his statements regarding Bernanke unpresidential, they were downright moronic. But he came nowhere close to calling for or supporting a Texas lynching for the Fed Chairman. Yes, Perry claims that Bernanke is guilty of a capital offense, but that is light years away from advocating Texas justice outside the confines of the law. Furthermore, "Treating him ugly" does not have plain meaning as you suggest. It is subjective language carrying different meanings for different people. Indeed, a lynching is the last thing I would imagine when hearing the expression.
Here's the actual quote:
If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.
Notice the obvious physical threat: "do to him". Not "say to him", but "do to him." Not "I'd do" something to him, but "we" would. And when someone says "we'd" like to "do" something "pretty ugly" to a public official – with a reference to Texas lore, where lynching was once commonplace, I'm sorry but this was a threat of violence, especially in the context of a capital offense which could go unpunished.
This was a threat of a lynching. It's one of the most disgusting things I've heard from a public official in a long time. It's disturbing how the media decided that "treasonous" was the great offense here, when it wasn't even close. And the thug still hasn't apologized.
Can you imagine what would be said if Obama said anything like that? Drudge would be offering photos of black rioters and thieves for weeks on end.