Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, claimed yesterday that the reason the Obama administration killed al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, in a drone strike in 2011 was that if they had captured him alive he “would have sung about all the different people he worked with in the administration.”
Gohmert told radio host Howie Carr that the Obama administration has let Muslim Brotherhood groups tied to radicals in on national security decisions, which he said shows that “we always feed the dogs that are trained to bite us.”
He clarified that he wasn’t “saying that Muslims are dogs,” citing his own Muslim friends like “hero” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
He then got onto the subject of what Carr called “anchor babies” and al-Awlaki.
“Al-Awlaki, his parents were from Yemen, they came to the U.S. on a college visa, had al-Awlaki, took him back to Yemen, taught him to hate America,” he said. “And that’s why they couldn’t keep this terrorist al-Awlaki from coming in. And I think one of the reasons they needed to blow him up with a drone strike is if he’d ever been caught, arrested, he would have sung about all the different people he worked with in the administration.”
As evidence of al-Awlaki’s supposed ties with the Obama White House, Gohmert cited photos of a prayer service al-Awlaki led on Capitol Hill early on in the Bush administration.
Five years ago today, the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy officially came to an end. And, five years later, conservatives’ dire predictions about the consequences of the policy’s repeal have yet to come true.
This falls into a familiar pattern. Many of the same activists and commentators have made similarly apocalyptic—and unfounded—warnings about the effects of hate crimes laws and marriage equality.
Here are just five of the bogus claims made by those who opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
Just two years ago, Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who is now a Colorado Republican state lawmaker, approvingly read a quote from Chaplain John R. Kauffman, who said that gay service members will be “taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels.”
Conservative columnist Laurie Roth said that thanks to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, military service members would be free to have intimate moments with goats and boars.
3) ‘Virtual Genocide’
In 2011, American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer predicted that after the policy’s repeal took effect “the homosexual lobby” would be “committing one hate crime after another against service members” who objected to homosexuality.
“We are going to see principle-driven officers, one after another, become the victims of systematic hate crimes,” he said. “This is going to be a pogrom. This is going to be virtual genocide, military genocide, career genocide for people of faith in the military perpetrated by the homosexual lobby.”
4) Reinstatement of the Draft
Before the congressional vote to repeal the policy, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins criticized President Obama’s “drive to repeal the ban on open homosexuality in the military” by warning that it “could have this unintended consequence: It could bring back the draft.”
He said that supporters of the repeal wanted to “appease a small base of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi” and “sacrifice the lives of young Marines who are putting their life on the line for this nation.”
“I don’t know how they can live with that, knowing that the blood of those young Marines will be on their hands,” he added.
Perkins’ fellow Religious Right activist Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness similarly warned that the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell “could put remaining troops in greater danger” and “break the All-Volunteer Force.”
“The draft will return with a vengeance and out of necessity,” Fischer wrote. “What young man wants to voluntarily join an outfit that will force him to shower naked with males who have a sexual interest in him and just might molest him while he sleeps in his bunk?”
5) ‘Sitting Around Getting Massages All Day’
In 2014, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said that gay service members, just like in Ancient Greece, won’t perform well in battle because they will be “sitting around getting massages all day” from their same-sex lovers rather than preparing for battle, making them “vulnerable to terrorism.”
In a speech today to the Values Voter Summit, after diagnosing Hillary Clinton as “mentally impaired,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, insisted that he was right to predict that the 2009 Matthew Shepard hate crimes act would lead to the persecution of Christians.
In his Values Voter speech, Gohmert conveniently failed to mention a single example of the 2009 law being “used against Christians” or of the law making it legal for people to have sex with children, animals or the deceased, but that didn’t stop him from boasting that he was right all along.
Gohmert also bizarrely claimed that the Supreme Court has established secular humanism as the official government religion and that Hillary Clinton is bent on “taking away your freedom of speech and allowing that part of the Muslim Brotherhood plan” of “subjugating the U.S. Constitution to Sharia law.”
“Your religious freedom will be gone, your freedom of speech will be gone” under a Clinton presidency, he said. “Freedom of the press, well, that’s not officially gone, it’s just if you express truth in the press, the rest of the press makes fun of you.”
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas opened his remarks at the Values Voter Summit today by facetiously apologizing for having said that Hillary Clinton's "brain is in a blender" because it is unchristian to mock those with "special needs."
"You don't make fun of people who are impaired, have special needs," Gohmert said, "and whether you like her or not, Hillary Clinton has made clear she is mentally impaired and this is not somebody you should be making fun of."
"We need to be praying for Hillary Clinton," he continued. "There's special needs there, there's mental impairment ... That was not a proper thing to say because, again, I'm making fun of the mentally impaired and that's not right."
Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said that Democratic Party under President Obama “is not that much different from the Democratic Party 50 years ago that was out to manipulate African-Americans.”
“They’re still manipulating them,” Gohmert said.
The Republican congressman also criticized Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is facing a GOP primary challenge from the right, claiming that the immigration reform legislation McCain has championed in the past “will turn Texas blue, and that’s what the Democrats want, it will basically ruin Arizona when you have people that come in that don’t understand what it takes to maintain a republic.”
Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, went on yet another anti-trans rant, this time at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C.
The congressman spent most of the time criticizing sex reassignment surgery, saying that the practice will “destroy people’s lives.”
“Now this administration says, ‘We’re going to have the V.A. do sex change operations.’ Really?!” he asked. “Do we not have enough veterans committing suicide without you increasing that 20 times? Enough is enough! We have to stand up for our veterans. We’re the adults. We have to stand up for our children.”
He said that if lawmakers had to decide “whether humanity would go forward or not” in case of an imminent asteroid collision by putting people in a “space ship that can go, as Matt Damon did in the movie, plant a colony somewhere, we can have humans survive this terrible disaster about to befall, if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples? You’re wanting to save humankind for posterity, basically a modern-day Noah, you have that ability to be a modern day Noah, you can preserve life. How many same-sex couples would you take from the animal kingdom and from humans to put on a spacecraft to perpetuate humanity and the wildlife kingdom?”
But due to the attacks on “natural order” and religious freedom, Gohmert said, “we don’t have much longer to go.”
Gohmert brought up the subject again in an interview Monday with Armed America Radio’s Mark Walters, where he explained that “a lot of the hippies and the troublemakers from the ‘60s and the early ‘70s” figured out that instead of “blowing up the Pentagon or blowing up police cars,” they could just become teachers.
This means, he said, “that the socialists that wanted to destroy the country in the ‘60s and ‘70s have figured out you just miseducate the kids and you’re well on your way to taking over the country.”
It’s thanks to these same teachers, he said, that “people have heard over and over how horrible guns are.”
Today, as thousands of people gathered in front of the Supreme Court to voice their support of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, a somewhat smaller crowd organized by Tea Party Patriots held forth against the DAPA/DACA actions and urged the Senate not to confirm President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
We counted about 20 people at the Tea Party Patriots event at 11 am, shortly before the event’s speeches were scheduled to begin:
The heavily outnumbered protesters carried signs saying “#NoHearingsNoVotes,” “#TheDecisionIsOurs,” “#LetThePeopleDecide” and “Let The People Have A Voice On The Future Of The Court,” the message that anti-Garland groups have settled on to make their quest to block hearings on a Supreme Court nomination sound like a populist rallying cry. The sign on a podium labeled Garland “Obama’s Rubber Stamp.”
News concerences sponsored by the Tea Party and FreedomWorks also featured Reps. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), as well as other speakers who unsuccessfully tried to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and "America the Beautiful." An effort to lead a singalong of the national anthem backfired when the singer forgot the lyrics midway through, drawing jeers.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a prominent endorser of Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, warned last month that if the next president allows any sort of path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, “the republic will be lost” because new citizens won’t understand the “responsibility to be properly educated before you vote” and thus will “vote for whoever will give them the most welfare.”
Gohmert made the comments in a March 31 interview with Baltimore talk radio hosts Sean Casey and Frank Luber.
Casey asked Gohmert about a Center for Immigration Studies report that he said showed that the “immigrant population in the United States is now at 61 million” (in fact, the CIS number alsoincluded the American-born childrenof immigrants) and whether that means that Texas could go the way of California and turn “into a blue state.”
Gohmert agreed, saying that while Republican Gov. Pete Wilson is often blamed for turning California Latino voters off from the GOP by pushing a draconian anti-immigrant ballot measure, the state’s political shift was actually the result of Ronald Reagan being “tricked into signing an amnesty bill and all the sudden you had 2 to 4 million Democratic voters.”
“So if we get a president that decides to do any kind of amnesty, then the republic will be lost,” he said. “Because you cannot give people the rights without them being educated to the responsibilities. If they come into this country and they don’t understand there’s a responsibility to be properly educated before you vote, then they’re going to vote for whoever will give them the most welfare, and we’re on our way to bankruptcy already, that will help push us over the edge.”
In a radio interview yesterday, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, defended North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, which bars transgender people from using restrooms consistent with their gender identity and prevents localities like Charlotte from enacting measures protecting LGBT people from discrimination, by insisting that it would prevent boys from going into women’s restrooms.
Citing his own childhood, the congressman said that boys would be unable to resist the temptation to see girls while they are in the bathroom.
Gohmert recounted to “Washington Watch” host and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins his junior-high fantasies.
“When it comes to this current legislation where — in most of the world, in most of the religions, the major religions, you have men and you have women, and there are some abnormalities but for heaven’s sake, I was as good a kid as you can have growing up, I never drank alcohol till I was legal, never to, still, use an illegal drug, but in the seventh grade if the law had been that all I had to do was say, ‘I’m a girl,’ and I got to go into the girls’ restroom, I don’t know if I could’ve withstood the temptation just to get educated back in those days,” he said.
Gohmert then said that businesses like PayPal are now “telling states that you have to let boys into little girls’ restrooms or we’re pulling our business, it’s just the height of lunacy.”
Last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, sat in for Tony Perkins on the “Washington Watch” radio program, where he chatted with conservative attorney Ken Klukowski about the supposed attacks on religious freedom in the U.S.
After warning that liberals are trying to stop Christians from practicing their faith openly in America, he repeated hisclaim that the Supreme Court justices declared themselves God when they handed down last year’s marriage equality ruling:
Last summer, the Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case did what they have been building towards since the 1960s, for over 50 years. You take away God from the schools, prayer from the schools, the Bible from the schools; God, the Bible, things where we talk about God or Jesus in an open forum that’s in the public sector. And last summer five justices basically said, ‘Forget what God said according to the Bible, forget what Moses said, God said, forget what Jesus said when he quoted Moses verbatim and said ‘this is what marriage is.’ Basically, to my mind, they were ruling, ‘The five of us, we five Supremes, are now your God.’”
The congressman went on to suggest that the government now believes that it can compel churches to “fund abortion” and seeks to “force churches to do whatever they tell them.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said yesterday that Congress should move to impeach President Obama if he uses executive authority to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying that such a move could risk “the destruction of the American public and our way of life.” He also accused Obama and European leaders of playing Tiddlywinks — which he called “Twiddlywinks” — with radical Islamists.
“He’s wanting to put the wellbeing and the safety and lives of the American public at risk just so he can try to play politics and give Guantanamo back,” Gohmert told Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks. “But I’m telling you, that will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If he ends up trying to give away Guantanamo, he cannot do that legally, it would be illegally [sic] for him to do that, and if he pulls that, we’ve got to get a new president before the end of the year.”
When Fredericks asked Gohmert if this means he’d “start impeachment hearings” against the president, Gohmert said it did, adding that Guantanamo is “one of the better prisons I’ve ever seen.”
“I don’t know what else we can do,” he said. “He is putting the lives and safety of the American public at risk, at dramatic risk, by trying to shut down a facility where there’s never been a single waterboarding incident, there has never been any type of torture whatsoever — I’ve toured a lot of prisons, it’s one of the better prisons I’ve ever seen — and I don’t know what else we can do if he’s that willing to put the destruction of the American public and our way of life at that kind of risk. What else do you do, John? I don’t know.”
Early in the interview, Gohmert claimed that Obama’s Middle East strategy was to “punish” Egypt and the Kurds and “refuse to recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood is our enemy” and instead “get advice from the Muslim Brotherhood on how to fight radical Islam.”
“Some of us understand what we’re up against,” he said, “but, unfortunately, the leadership in this administration and the leadership in places like Germany and France still want to play Twiddlywinks [sic] with radical Islam and do wink and a nod and say, ‘We’re so much smarter than everybody else, we understand that if we just are really sweet to people that want to kill us and take our countries away, then everything will work out fine.”
While Donald Trump seems to love Diamond and Silk, two pundits who have made a name for themselves with their pro-Trump videos, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has his suspicions.
Limbaugh worried that the two “black babes” are “stealth Democrats.” He said that they might be encouraging Democrats to register as Republicans in order to vote for Trump in certain closed primaries for the same reason that Limbaugh ran “Operation Chaos,” where he urged listeners to vote in the 2008 Democratic primaries for Hillary Clinton “so she can continue battling Barack Obama and create chaos in the party, thereby aiding the Republicans this November.”
Now, Limbaugh is worried that the two are using his owntactics to sabotage the GOP’s chances in November by helping Trump win the nomination.
2) ‘Society Will Be Destroyed’ Due To Gay Marriage
When the Supreme Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage last year, we heard numerousright-wingpredictions about the horrible consequences of the decision, with many conservatives declaring that the next president must appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will overturn the ruling.
So it came as a surprise when Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, said in a recent interview that if his son isn’t elected president, then the Supreme Court will rule in favor of “the destruction of traditional marriage,” which is conservative code for marriage equality.
Such a decision, the elder Cruz said, will destroy the family and therefore “society will be destroyed.”
Since the ruling already took place, we wonder how families and society have survived despite same-sex couples getting married.
1)Trump’s Sandy Hook Truther
Speaking of anti-gay radicals, pastor Carl Gallups recently endorsed Donald Trump, an endorsement the GOP presidential frontrunner called a “great honor.”
Naturally, Gallups denied his own verbatim quotes and insisted, as right-wing conspiracy theorists often do, that he was just asking the question. As he told the far-right conspiracy site WorldNetDaily:
“I can state, right now, that not only have I never said categorically that the Sandy Hook tragedy is a complete fabrication or hoax, right now, I’m denying that it was a hoax,” Gallups said.
“That doesn’t prevent me from asking questions. That doesn’t prevent me from saying, ‘Here’s a part of that whole scenario that is odd.’ When I’m behind that microphone interviewing people, I’m a radio host and an investigative reporter and so I make no apologies for asking those questions.”
“No one will find anywhere in writing or any audio clip taken in context, that I have ever claimed Sandy Hook is a complete hoax from top to bottom,” Gallups told WND. “I have always said, from the beginning, as many people were saying, that there are many things about the case that are strange.”
Gallups recently met with fellow lawman and Trump supporter Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff. At the meeting, he was sworn in as a “Special Deputy for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.”
Working with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of the country’s most vocal birthers, does not help his case that he is not a conspiracy theorist.
Earlier this week on “The Joyce Kaufman Show,” Rep. Louie Gohmert criticized President Obama and his Jewish supporters over a Wall Street Journal report about the administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, dismissing the president’s Jewish allies as self-hating.
The Texas Republican said of Obama: “He’s never been able to stand Israel. He’s never been able to get along with people who actually stood for Israel.”
“Now he gets along fine with the Israel-haters,” he continued. “But, and it breaks my heart, but there are some children of Israel who just apparently seem to be self-loathing when it comes to Israel – but yeah, those folks he gets along with fine.”
Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Rep. Louie Gohmert railed against “the hate crimes by this administration” against conservative Christians, such as the nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Texas Republican and radio host Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, falsely claimed that the Obama administration refuses to offer religious groups an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirement.
Gohmert said that instead of focusing on America’s enemies, “they just choose to spend a great deal of their time going after Christians.”
“We’ve never had a religion permit the kinds of hate crimes that this administration is in going after them and bullying them,” he added, claiming that the administration’s “bullying” is “the worst in our history.”
After alleging that the ACA has “been used as a government tool to go after Christians and those whose religious beliefs are different from the president’s,” Gohmert went on to make thebaselessclaim that the White House tried to cut off aid to Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria until they legalized same-sex marriage. “This administration hasn’t confined their bullying just to this country,” he said.
The two also blasted an Obama administration effort to fight hate crimes directed at Muslim-Americans. Gohmert dismissed concerns about such hate crimes while saying that the White House is ignoring crimes against Christians and Jews throughout the world because “we have a United States leadership that will not protect Christians [and] puts a real prize on protecting Muslims.”
He said that Muslim people should be more grateful to U.S. service members fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming that the U.S. has only gotten terrorist attacks in return.
“It is absolute insanity that this administration continues to do great harm and persecute Christians for their religious beliefs,” Gohmert continued.
The congressman then quoted from the book of Hosea to suggest that America is facing God’s wrath because “nations are made to account when they put leaders in place that persecute those who are trying to follow the words of God.”
Perkins, for his part, said that Obama is only promoting religious liberty for Muslims. (In the past, Perkins hasrepeatedlysaid that Muslims are not protected under the First Amendment).
Rep. Louie Gohmert called into Glenn Beck's radio program today to beg listeners to donate to his re-election campaign so that he can fight back against attacks that he's a "clown" and an embarrassment to the state of Texas.
Gohmert is facing a serious primary challenge from rancher Simon Winston, who donated a large sum of money to his own campaign and is running with the message that Congress has become a circus and "Louie Gohmert is one of the main clowns."
The Texas Republican revealed that because he "had done so well in prior elections" and never faced a primary challenge before, he didn't see a need to maintain a large campaign war chest, which is now coming back to haunt him since his opponent has dumped several hundred thousand dollars into a campaign to defeat him.
Gohmert's main opponent, he said, "is a self-funder and his motto is, 'Congress is a circus and Gohmert's the biggest clown and he's an embarrassment.'"
"And the problem is if people say that enough," Gohmert stated, "then it's possible some seeds could stick and start growing, so we have got to be up on television [and] radio. You can't let those things go ... There is a point [where] you have to defend yourself and that's what I'm having to do so anybody who can help by going to Gohmert.com — it's G-o-h-m-e-r-t dot com — I'd really appreciate it."
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has endorsed his fellow Texas Republican Ted Cruz’s bid for the presidency, but he had some words of admiration for Donald Trump in an interview today with “Breitbart News Daily,” saying that the GOP frontrunner has “taken on political correctness” and “even the pope, for heaven’s sakes.”
Gohmert warned that “at some point” Trump’s attacks on the pope and others will become an “Achilles’ heel,” but the congressman took the opportunity to criticize the pope for believing in climate change.
He criticized the pope for “saying that the number-one problem is climate change and that he can’t see that socialism, anywhere it’s ever been done, it’s always led to, you know, just a totalitarian government.”
“When everybody’s in heaven, socialism will be great,” he told the program’s host, Steven Bannon, “but in this world it’s never worked, it requires totalitarian government, it requires giving up your freedoms, your freedom of speech and religion and all these things. So it’s amazing to see a pope who’s saying let’s all get behind the thing that always destroys freedom of religion.”
Gohmert then brought up a talking point he’sused before, falsely claiming that somewhat higher temperatures in Greenland during the Viking age mean that climate change is a myth.
“I also noticed, Steven, that it seems like when you hear somebody say over and over again that climate change is our biggest problem, they don’t know that climate has been changing a lot worse over all the millennia of mankind,” Gohmert said. “In fact, I asked a witness, hey, is it as warm as it was back when Leif Erickson and the Norse came across to Greenland and had all those farms in Greenland? He said, it’s never gotten anywhere close to being that warm since then. Do we have any idea what kind of internal combustion engines they were using back then that was causing all this climate change?”
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas addressed the political success of Sen. Bernie Sanders in a radio interview yesterday, saying that the self-described “democratic socialist” is doing well in the Democratic presidential primary because “we let some of the hippies from the ‘60s” influence the education system.
Gohmert spoke with Florida talk radio host Joyce Kaufman who said that all the “crony capitalism” in Washington has driven voters to Sanders, whom she claimed was “reading from the Communist Manifesto” in a recent debate.
“That’s also because we let some of the hippies from the ‘60s who created such chaos then start teaching the teachers,” Gohmert said, “and teaching them how great socialism is and just rewriting history and keeping them from realizing socialism has never worked, it will never work in this world, in this life, because if you’re going to pay everybody the same thing then they’re going to quit working.”
He added that the survival of the country is “really hanging in the balance.”