Sadly, this won’t surprise many folks. East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert is one of five Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who are facing sharp criticism from their colleagues for demanding an investigation into unfounded charges that Muslim extremists are infiltrating the U.S. government.
Two years ago Gohmert warned that pregnant foreign terrorists are breeding baby terrorists in America. Now he has joined Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and three other members of Congress in the latest example of anti-Muslim hysteria, and an aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become a smear target. From a CNN story:
Among the issues they raise is a claim that long-time aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, has three family members connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and is at risk of being influenced by her family members. The members of Congress want to know how she holds a high level security clearance.
“The concerns about the foreign influence of immediate family members is such a concern to the U.S. Government that it includes these factors as potentially disqualifying conditions for obtaining a security clearance, which undoubtedly Ms. Abedin has had to obtain to function in her position,” Bachmann wrote in a letter defending the request. “For us to raise issues about a highly-based U.S. Government official with known immediate family connections to foreign extremist organizations is not a question of singling out Ms. Abedin. In fact, these questions are raised by the U.S. Government of anyone seeking a security clearance.”
Congressman Gohmert claims that the Obama administration is allowing Muslim extremists to undermine the nation’s security:
“Evidence indicates that this administration continues to bow before groups associated with the goal of ‘destroying Western civilization from within,’ and about whom the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that there is plenty of evidence indicating that they support terrorism. For departments of this administration to continue meeting with such groups and agreeing to further blind our government agents charged with looking for enemies wanting to destroy us is at best foolhardy. At a minimum, we need an independent inspection regarding the role, the roots and the results of such destructive groups within this administration. Our enemies have been identified; now we need to know what they have done to our ability to protect ourselves.”
These outrageous charges, especially against Abedin, appear to offended even other Republicans in Congress, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Yesterday Sen. McCain sharply criticized the charges made by Gohmert and his four colleagues and by Bachmann in her separate letter:
“To say that the accusations made in both documents are not substantiated by the evidence they offer is to be overly polite and diplomatic about it. It is far better, and more accurate, to talk straight: These allegations about Huma, and the report from which they are drawn, are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated American, and a loyal public servant. …
Ultimately, what is at stake in this matter is larger even than the reputation of one person. This is about who we are as a nation, and who we aspire to be. What makes America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are bound together as citizens not by blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity, but by a set of enduring, universal, and equal rights that are the foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity. When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.
Our reputations, our character, are the only things we leave behind when we depart this earth, and unjust attacks that malign the good name of a decent and honorable person is not only wrong; it is contrary to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Speaker Boehner weighed in on the issue today:
“I don’t know Huma, but from everything I do know of her, she has a sterling character. And I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”
Anti-Muslim hysteria clearly has become the new McCarthyism in America. It’s unfortunate, to say the least, to see a Texas congressman helping feed that hysteria.
7 thoughts on “Texas Congressman Louie ‘Terror Baby’ Gohmert Takes the Low Road Again”
Either Gohmert and Bachmann are on drugs, or they both need some strong meds. Either way, they both need to shut up about things the know nothing about. Could it be a mass delusion?
Gohmert is a sad, very limited person. Perhaps he could apply to UT and go back to graduate school?
Typical GOP (Tea Party) politician. Have you heard what Michelle Bachman said about this? Absolutely outrageous!!!!!!!!!!
I think they’re feeling the pressure on this one. Goober reportedly cracked in a committee meeting today and had to be calmed and Bachmann has gone to ground not talking to anybody.
If Boehner had any cajones he’d sack Bachmann from her committee position, but, alas, John Boy is a eunuch and will do nothing. Well, that’s what he’s famous for – doing nothing.
John McCain did a nice job of verbally slapping Bachmann silly yesterday on the floor of the Senate.
And speaking of McCain….the religious right was positively giddy when he chose the former half-term governor of Alaska as his running mate in 2008. But these same people, among them Richard Land of the Soutern Baptist Convention and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, contacted the Romney campaign early this week and told them picking Condi Rice as a running mate was unacceptable. Condi’s IQ is probably double that of Palins but Condi is ….gasp….pro-choice.
Not only do Land, Perkins et.al. have their priorities completely screwed up but they don’t think the US Constitution applies to them either. “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” They should be deported or jailed.
Gohmert is my rep, I am sad to report. He’s absolutely worthless, and his only concern is when his next Fox appearance is. I’m on their email list and that is literally the ONLY email I ever get.
Even funnier? He used to be a judge. Can you imagine landing in court in front of this yahoo?
And last, there are Bachmann and Gohmert, and I don’t know who the other 3 are, but I can safely offer the opinion that Bachmann and Gohmert both need psychiatric care. Their paranoia and warped thinking have become a liability.