While explaining to his fellow politicians that if a bill to increase the debt ceiling isn't passed by the Aug. 2 deadline, there will be no money for veterans, students or federal agents fighting terrorism, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken presented the lawmakers with a sign reading "Welcome Terrorists." He explained:

"No benefits for veterans. No federal loans for low-income students about to head off to college in the fall. No Pell Grants. No federal government employees, including counter-terrorism agents. In the FBI, for example. No border agents. Now before we default, we could have time to make this sign for all points of entry. That's just the tip of the iceberg."

So, the senator wasn't actually calling political opponents terrorists. But given how hostile that debt-ceiling debate has become โ€” and how much is at stake โ€” we're sure that such a reading of the sign wouldn't have been too far off the mark.

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