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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