Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert, In His Own Words

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It's a revolt! Again!

Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert announced yesterday that he's challenging John Boehner for Speaker of the House.

Gohmert is throwing his name into the hat, he told The Hill, because after "years of broken promises, it's time for a change." Gohmert is particularly upset that Boehner didn't use the recent Cromnibus spending bill vote as a mechanism for defunding President Obama's executive action on immigration. (Nevermind that the agency in charge of implementing the action is self-funding, and therefore couldn't have been stopped through the appropriations process.)

This isn't the first time Gohmert has attempted to dethrone Boehner. In 2013, he was one of a handful of GOP members who voted against putting the Ohio representative back in the House's top job.

That revolution didn't go so well. Boehner's opposition couldn't unify around any one candidate; in the end, Gohmert nominated Florida Rep. Allen West, a somewhat unusual choice given that West was at that point a former representative from Florida, having recently lost his bid for reelection.

But Gohmert is nothing if not unconventional. For years, he's made headlines for his paranoid, offensive, and notably incoherent remarks about immigrants, gays, Muslims, John McCain, and more.

Here's a representative, though by no means comprehensive, sample:

…The time that Gohmert said the Obama administration was packed full of members of the Muslim Brotherhood:

"It's very clear to everyone but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us…This administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America."

(In 2012, he also referenced unnamed "Muslim Brotherhood associated individuals" who were "serving in or advising the Obama administration.")

…The time he interpreted Obama's misstatement about having visted "all 57 states" as a sign of the president's secret connections to the Islamic world:

"And I know the President made the mistake one day of saying he had visited all 57 states, and I'm well aware that there are not 57 states in this country, although there are 57 members of OIC, the Islamic states in the world. Perhaps there was some confusion whether he'd been to all 57 Islamic states as opposed to all 50 U.S. states. But nonetheless, we have an obligation to the 50 American states, not the 57 Muslim, Islamic states. Our oath we took is in this body, in this House. And it's to the people of America. And it's not to the Muslim Brotherhood, who may very well take over Egypt and once they do, they are bent upon setting up a caliphate around the world, including the United States."  

…The time Gohmert said that Al Qaeda terrorists were waiting on the U.S./Mexico border, being "trained to act like Hispanic" [sic].

"We know al Qaeda has camps on the Mexican border. We that people are now being trained to come in and act like Hispanic, when they are radical Islamists. We know these things are happening. It is insane not to protect ourselves to make sure that people have the freedoms we have."

…The time he argued that gays shouldn't serve in the military because modern soldiers can't just be "sitting around getting massages all day."

"I've had people say, 'Hey, you know, there's nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks.' Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it's a different kind of fighting, it's a different kind of war and if you're sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into the big, planned battle, then you're not going to last very long."

…The time he responded to a proposed repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy with a rant about hate crimes, bestiality, and necrophilia:

"If you're oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that's not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you'd have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you're oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions, what most of us would call perversions, some would say it sounds like fun, but most of us would call perversions, and there've been laws against them. And this bill says whatever you're against sexually that cannot be a source of bias against someone. Well that's interesting. And someone said well surely they didn't mean to include pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations but the trouble is, we made amendments to eliminate pedophiles from being included in the definition."

…The time when he said that a wave of women and children coming over the southern border during the summer of 2014 threatened the country's very existence

"An unprecedented, organized, mass invasion of the United States is occurring on our Southern border….Our continued existence is at risk with what's going on at the southern border."

…The time he said that the attack on Benghazi was Sen. John McCain's fault:

"If it had not been for Senator John McCain and President Obama being for what we knew at the time included Al Qaeda anti-rebel forces, then we would still have a U.S. ambassador and three others alive today, because Benghazi would not have happened. By giving power to the rebel forces that included Al Qaeda, that brought that whole mess about and helped create problems in Tunisia and Algeria. So I'm not sure what to think about his going to Syria. If history's any lesson, the people he met with who wants us to help should be very careful about what Senator McCain's support could mean for them."

But there were no hard feelings. McCain just couldn't hold Gohmert's remarks against him. "Sometimes comments like that are made out of malice," the Senator said in response. "But if someone has no intelligence I don't view it as being a malicious statement."

Quotes culled largely from the extremely helpful Gohmert archives at Mediaite.

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  1. derptastic!

  2. Congressional Republicans are revolting.

    1. “You said it! They stink on ice!”

  3. John McCain is a gay immigrant Muslim?!

    Will wonders never cease?

  4. ” Gohmert nominated Florida Rep. Allen West, a somewhat unusual choice given that West was at that point a former representative from Florida, having recently lost his bid for reelection.”

    Interestingly, there’s no rule that says the speaker of the house has to be a representative.

    1. You are correct. There is no requirement in the Constitution requiring the Speaker to be a sitting member of the House. In 1995, Robert Michel, who had been the minority leader of the GOP was nominated to be Speaker. Granted that was a pro forma nomination, but it was noted at the time that it was a valid nomination.

    2. “Ain’t no rule says the Speaker can’t be a golden retriever.”

      1. That which is not prohibited is mandatory!

  5. Sometimes I think it would be better if the whole government was made up of people like Gohmert, because it would be so batshit crazy that people would finally be forced to take back power.

    1. I would rather have a nut like Gohmert than an old crony like Boehner.

      1. Bite your tongue.

        Boehner et all is a serious politician. The type that libertarians, er progressives, can work with.

      2. It’s an interesting question. I’ve voted for several people that I think are morons. Why? Because they were morons who generally wanted to leave me alone, which is infinitely preferable to a busy body genius IMO. I don’t care what a politicians views are on evolution, global warming, or religion any more than I care about his favorite ice cream flavor,band, or sex position. OTOH, if one side is full of idiots(regardless of the impact of said idiocy) it does give a lot of low hanging fruit for the opposition.

        1. And of course Reason would excuse all kind s of crazy beliefs if it didn’t gore some cultural sacred cow of theirs. If this guy were talking about some group Reason didn’t like or find fashionable to defend, they wouldn’t care about these statements. They only care because they want to get their street creed about loving and tolerating Muslims.

          1. Stop lying.

            1. STop listening to the voices in your head and take your meds Cytoxic. You are not like Shreek. Sometimes your meds work and you manage to be coherent.

              1. Maybe you should try actually citing an instance where Reason passed of crazy instead of projecting you psychosis onto me.

          2. And gays, and Mexicans.

            1. Compare and contrast what Reason considers a deal breaker and what they don’t. If this guy were up there talking about how evil the civil war was and how Lincoln should have let the South go even though that meant condemning the slaves there to decades or maybe generations longer living in slavery, they would be fine with it. But let him say that maybe Muslims might not such nice people some time and he is a nut to be run out of public life.

              And we wonder why there are so few black Libertarians and the entire movement could be listed on Stuff White People Like.

        2. Here I defer to Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord:

          I divide my officers into four groups. There are clever, diligent, stupid, and lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever and diligent — their place is the General Staff. The next lot are stupid and lazy — they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent — he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief.

          Gohmert seems to be in the stupid but industrious camp.

  6. “And I know the President made the mistake one day of saying he had visited all 57 states, and I’m well aware that there are not 57 states in this country, although there are 57 members of OIC, the Islamic states in the world.”

    Ah-HA! And don’t forget about the *57* Varieties of the H. J. Heinz Company!

    1. We’re down the rabbit hole here, folks.

      1. And “*57* Hut”!

        BWAHAHAHAHAA!!

    2. OMG! JOHN KERRY IS IN ON IT TOO!!!!!11!1eleventy!!11

    3. There are exactly 57 card-carrying members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Department of Defense at this time!

      1. Thank you, Sen. Iselin.

    4. Heinz Ketchup = Illuminati

  7. Is he dumber than Boehner? More tone-deaf? More venal? More thirsty for power? More orange? More ridiculous a human being?

    Because that’s a pretty high standard to meet if he wants to be the chief, and I don’t think he has the stones.

    1. “Sometimes comments like that are made out of malice,” the Senator said in response. “But if someone has no intelligence I don’t view it as being a malicious statement.”

      No intelligence? Accidental malice? On second thought, he may be perfect.

    2. He has a ridiculous habit of photobombing, so he’s got that going for him.

  8. Where’s Shreeek’s hat tip?

  9. “years of broken promises, it’s time for a change.”

    Oh for shit’s sake. These people have the most limited vocabulary of anybody. Including toddlers and retards.

    1. Well said. Let’s move forward and return to our former greatness. I’m counting on you to join my fight.

    2. Including toddlers

      “I not break promise. Change go dat waaay. Abc Abc Abc.”

  10. It’s good to see the cosmos jumping on the proggies campaign of demonizing Gohmert.

    Very independent.

    I’m sure they’ll at least get invited to a few more cocktail partiez for it.

    1. I still haven’t received my Koch $$ or an invite to a cocktail party. I’m starting to think this libertarian thing isn’t all its cracked up to be.

      1. Hell, I still haven’t received my reason beanie!

    2. “Wah! Stop pointing out the retarded things Gohmert said! STOP IT OR I’LL GET MORE BUTTHURT”

    3. Because what will really help the Republicans is a mentally unbalanced paranoid whackjob.

  11. I’ll agree that Louis Gohmert would be a lousy choice. Fine.

    Of course, his comments with regard to Benghazi – essentially that the Libyan rebels against the Khadafi regime may well have been aligned with Al Quaeda – don’t sound remarkably different from what most of Reason’s foreign policy commentary has suggested. But, we’ll ignore that.

    I don’t think that means anyone should be particularly enthused about a continued Boehner speakership. Boehner has been a pretty damned well terrible speaker and has consistently undermined any attempt at fiscal restraint his own caucus has pushed for. Remember, just a couple of years ago, Justin Amash was pushing for a Raul Labrador for the speakership. And even now, you have Steve King saying he won’t back Boehner, either.

    1. That is exactly what Reason has been saying about Benghazi for months. Do they no think people read what they publish?

      1. And, honestly, I don’t think it’s a terribly bad assessment. When we took out Khadafi, a lot of the rebels turned out to be aligned with Al Quaeda. Removing Khadafi, who had effectively been tamed, gave them a golden opportunity to fill the power void. And at least some of the evidence suggests those Al Quaeda-aligned rebels were behind Benghazi. And it’s fair to say both Obama and McCain share some responsibility for that. Moreover, it’s not unreasonable to expect some accounting from them about that before we follow up with further adventurism in Syria. Why Suderman would paint this as an example of Gohmert saying stupid or ignorant things isn’t clear.

        1. It is not a bad assessment. it is the truth. I don’t see how anyone could claim otherwise.

  12. Gohmert would be worse than Boehner. He’d make life easy street for Democrats, be they Obama or Congressional.

  13. “I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, you know, there’s nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks.’ Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it’s a different kind of fighting, it’s a different kind of war and if you’re sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into the big, planned battle, then you’re not going to last very long.”

    Just saying Gohmert, but I’m pretty sure the Sacred Band could kick a lot of modern straight people’s asses without massages.

    1. Gays can be great warriors. Sigfried Sassoon was gay as hell and should have won the Victoria Cross. The problem is we are not ancient Greece. We don’t have a society that is totally accepting of homosexuality and encouraging of male homosexuality and promiscuity as an alternative to infidelity. If we did, gays in the military would not be an issue. But we don’t. We have a much more buttoned up society that places a lot more emphasis on sex and sexual relations between people. In that society, open homosexuality creates problems.

        1. Its hard to have a coherent unit, when everyone wants to fuck each other and is doing it or jealous over the people who are.

          1. And yet Israel has women troops. But I guess the IDF is just a terrible army.

      1. In that society, open homosexuality creates problems.

        No it doesn’t homophobic assholes do. Indulging them doesn’t help.

    2. Gohmert seems oddly obsessed with getting all oiled up and massaged by a big, muscular gay man, doesn’t he?

  14. In 2012, he also referenced unnamed “Muslim Brotherhood associated individuals” who were “serving in or advising the Obama administration.”)

    I’m guessing that was Hillary’s creepy little hanger-on, Huma Abedin, whose family includes some big wheels in the Muslim Brotherhood.

    You remember Huma. Anthony Weiner’s wife.

  15. I have no opinion on Gohmert, but lets keep this in mind:

    He’s not running against George Washington for Speaker. He’s running against Boehner. Lets not fall into the trap of having the odious be the enemy of the vile. The question before us is: As between the two, who is merely odious, and who is actually vile?

  16. If you’re oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that’s not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you’d have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions, what most of us would call perversions, some would say it sounds like fun, but most of us would call perversions, and there’ve been laws against them. And this bill says whatever you’re against sexually that cannot be a source of bias against someone. Well that’s interesting. And someone said well surely they didn’t mean to include pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations but the trouble is, we made amendments to eliminate pedophiles from being included in the definition.

    It’s difficult to say that someone who is a pedophiliac is not scorned for their sexuality. Hell, I dare any one of you to tell your boss that you are a pedo who has gone to great efforts to not touch any kids: among the reactions you will recieve is neither applause for your restraint or respect for your alternate sexuality. Everything that was done to gays in the past will be visited on you. If anyone can make a claim to discrimination, it is those who are into bestiality, incest and pedophilia (regardless of whether it is being acted on or not). So, why is Gohmert’s statement here so obviously ridiculous?

  17. This man is a delusional idiot, a cretin, a stupid, stupid, stupid, imbecilic fool and yet he has been elected to serve as a member of congress. How could this have happened? Unfortunately it happened because there are many voters who are as deranged as he is.

  18. Don’t be emotionally baited by propaganda such as this. Peter Suderman is a closet Straussian, and all Straussians are deliberate anti-libertarians. He is just pretending to be a libertarian by writing for Reason. He was likely instructed to infiltrate it by his “hierarchy.” Louie Gohmert has a fairly decent voting record, and he is much farther to the right than Boehner. If he were to replace Boehner, we would get a lot more economic liberty. That is why the Straussians are going to bat for Boehner.

  19. Sammy MAck is not going to like that at all man.

    http://www.AnonWayz.tk

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