GOP Congressman Strongly Suggests Gunmen Who Committed Acts of Terror Had Legitimate Grievances, Just Handled Them Wrong
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is being criticized for implying the terrorists who slaughtered 49 Muslims in two New Zealand mosques had legitimate grievances and should have turned to the courts or the legislature to resolve them.
It’s clear the suspects are white supremacists and their “grievance” is that there are Muslims in New Zealand.
Rep. Gohmert, who coined the racist and ugly term “terror babies” in an effort to strip children born in the U.S. to undocumented parents of their citizenship also, just like President Trump, did not call their actions terrorism. The government of New Zealand has.
The Texas Tea Party Republican Congressman does denounce the violence and bloodshed, but he also manages to make clear he thinks there are two legitimate sides.
“The shootings at the New Zealand mosques are egregiously reprehensible,” Gohmert says in his statement on his government website. “The shooters need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law along with anyone who knowingly aided their efforts in any way.”
But then he diverges, giving them cover.
“There are courts, dispute resolutions, and legislatures to resolve controversies – there is no place for cold blooded murders,” says Gohmert, as if courts and legislatures should make Muslims illegal. “Though New Zealand does not have the death penalty, hopefully its people, through their justice system, will send the message loudly and clearly that such barbarity from anyone will not be tolerated.”
Congressman Gohmert was one of just two dozen Republicans who refused to vote for a resolution denouncing hate and bigotry, including against Muslims.
Gohmert is getting a great deal of pushback.
This is baffling. Gohmert appears to be suggesting the NZ murderer had some legitimate grievance that he simply did not handle appropriately. https://t.co/ZaAupuuTHF
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) March 15, 2019
What, in your opinion, is the best way to resolve a controversy that one person thinks an entire class of people shouldn’t exist? More of a court thing or more of a legislature thing?
— Ryan Godfrey (@rgodfrey) March 15, 2019
“I just want to live & exist.”
“I want you to die!”
Both sides, amiright?
— michelle_sench (@Sench_ola) March 15, 2019
He killed a group of innocent people, you ghoul. You’re describing this as if he had a legitimate gripe with them. Shame on you. https://t.co/kjBx2zbvcp
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) March 15, 2019
Oh yeah. You’re definitely not a white nationalist. Not at all.
— Toni Collette was robbed (@LucasPattan) March 15, 2019
What controversy in this horrific episode needs resolution in the courts? Would you say that if a terrorist killed dozens in a church? You just can’t get this right for some reason. https://t.co/XaCaDtRDAx
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 15, 2019
The controversy of… existing? Being alive? You’re disgusting. https://t.co/5UZBUrgDJU
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) March 15, 2019
“dispute resolutions…resolve controversies” — could you imagine an American congressman responding this way to a massacre at a church? https://t.co/95aO98H476
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) March 15, 2019
Louie Gohmert believes the terrorists in New Zealand should’ve pursued their agenda of getting rid of all Muslims and other non-white immigrant groups through the courts and legislative processes, rather than taking the law into their own hands. https://t.co/q5kaHyYzce
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) March 15, 2019
Peak white supremacy is labeling the victims of a massacre ‘controversies’ that could have been dealt with differently.
Especially when you’re giving these instructions to a literal white supremacist who thought murder was the best option. https://t.co/fyKUIkTzXF
— Tim Peacock (@TimAPeacock) March 15, 2019
Here you see Louie Gohmert making it clear that the RIGHT way to enforce white nationalist policies is by getting your white nationalist legislator to do it for you. https://t.co/lTGBJV4lGR
— Mark Sumner (@Devilstower) March 15, 2019
This right here is Nazi signaling. Affirming their grievance as just. Fuck you Louie. https://t.co/sjnmvCuFp9
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) March 15, 2019
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Right Wing Pundit Says Homeless Veterans Were ‘Born and Bred’ to Create ‘a Human Wall’ on Southern Border
“This is what they’re born and bred to do, so why not let them continue to do that?” Josh Bernstein asks, while degrading homeless vets by saying, “you’re giving them values.”
Earlier this week, radical right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein appeared on Bill Deagel’s “NutriMedical Report Show,” where he called not only for a complete ban on all immigration but also urged President Trump to hire thousands of homeless veterans to guard and seal off the Southern border until Trump’s border wall can be built.
“I think we need a moratorium on all legal immigration completely for at least five years, if not ten years,” Bernstein said. “We’ve got to eliminate birthright citizenship, we’ve got to eliminate chain migration, we’ve got to eliminate the visa lottery, we’ve got to eliminate all carrots and treats, if you will, for people to come here. And obviously building and constructing the border wall and then deporting as many criminal aliens as humanly possible.”
“I think they should quadruple the size of the Border Patrol and they should put them down on the border,” he added. “They should be stationed down on the border until the border wall is built. And I mean stationed down across the entire 1,900 miles … There is no reason we can’t have military all along the border in a big, long line.”
“A human wall, if you will,” Bernstein proposed. “You think of how many homeless veterans there are living in California and elsewhere. These people are on the streets after fighting for our country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to grab all of them and offer them a job with a decent salary and decent pay to man our Southern border? They would be happy to do it. They’d be so thrilled to be able to do that, to protect and to serve our country again. This is what they’re born and bred to do, so why not let them continue to do that? Again, you’re helping the homeless situation; you’re getting the homeless veterans off the streets, you’re giving them values, you’re giving them self-worth, you’re making them feel like whole beings once again. I think that that’s a really good thing to do. And it solves the problem of either hiring or recruiting more Border Patrol; just use ex-military down there.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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Fox News Segment Goes Off the Rails as Anti-Gay Hate Group Head Promotes ‘Health Hazards of Homosexuality’ Book On-Air
Laura Ingraham Invites Anti-Gay Extremist to ‘Debate’ Issue of Drag Queens Reading Children’s Story Books to Kids – He Compares Them to Pole Dancers and Porn Stars
Drag Queen story hours are “popping up all over the country,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham warned viewers Thursday night. To “debate” the issue Ingraham invited the head of the California chapter of an anti-gay hate group to discuss the issue of national importance: drag queens reading children’s story books to kids at local libraries.
“The bottom line is this: you have adult homosexual men, adult entertainers, going in to a public library, reading to children,” MassResistance of California head Arthur Schaper told “Ingraham Angle” viewers. “I mean, that alone should not only be setting off alarms but people should be demanding this to be canceled even before it starts.”
“We’re not talking about diversity here, we’re talking about deviance. We’re talking about perverse and destructive lifestyles being animated or advertised to children as if it’s normal,” Schaper, an anti-immigrant and anti-gay activist who runs his chapter with a known white nationalist, said. “We’re talking about degenerate, perverse ‘entertainment,'” Schaper concluded.
MassResistance appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-LGBT hate groups.
Ingraham, who has a long history of attack the LGBT community, tried to reel her guest in, but Schaper continued.
“We’re talking about drag entertainment here. Drag entertainment. This is adult entertainment to put it mildly,” Shaper said. “Why stop there? Why not have pole dancer story hour? How about having porn actor story hour?”
Ingraham, who balked at Shaper’s questions, went on to say that drag queen story hours are an organized “attempt to advance a particular agenda.”
At the end of the six-minute segment Schaper held up and tried to advertise a book titled, “The Health Hazards of Homosexuality,” which is authored by MassResistance.
Ingraham chastised Schaper – not for the incendiary book but for holding up props.
She told the audience that “people have legitimate concerns” about drag queens reading books to kids and she’s just “trying to figure out what’s really going on.”
“What is the point of doing this with kids?” Ingraham asked, as if some how drag queens are dangerous.
Some took to social media to denounce Ingraham’s and Schaper’s attempt to attack LGBT people and drag queens, especially during Pride month.
Arthur Schaper went on TV tonight to spread FEAR. He may well know people have no choice over being queer, but he wants them to be AFRAID to acknowledge it. He wants to encourage rejection and encourage discrimination. He does not value the lives of queer kids.
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) June 14, 2019
Tonight, Laura Ingraham had an anti-LGBT extremist on her show where he promoted a book called “The Health Hazards of Homosexuality”
— jordan (@JordanUhl) June 14, 2019
Dear Democrats: please, stop going on Fox News only so that network executives can turn around and use your appearance to convince advertisers that they’re not a propaganda outlet for hate and bigotry.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) June 14, 2019
Remember when pundits attacked Elizabeth Warren for calling Fox News a hate-for-profit racket?
Tonight Fox promoted MassResistence, a virulent anti-gay hate group that’s so toxic they were banned at CPAC. pic.twitter.com/u8o3OjkUZ5
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) June 14, 2019
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