Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), who is about as conservative on homeland security as anybody living above ground, was on FOX last night riffing about the potential motivations of New Yorkers who actually want terrorists tried on their home soil.
He went on to provide a helpful list of potential weak spots that a well-informed terrorist — say someone who watched Louie Gohmert on FOX — might target during the trials.
“You’ve got millions of New Yorkers who would be put at risk by this,” Gohmert, a former judge who represents East Texas, told Neil Cavuto.
Then, in an apparent reference to the billions in federal cash that flowed to the city after the Sept. 11 attack, he added: “And unless they’re trying to create a new jobs bill by allowing terrorism back in New York then this is insane. And even that would be insane.“
UPDATE: DCCC Chaiman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) thinks the GOP leadership needs to put Gohmert and other flamethrowers on a leash:
“Congressman Louie Gohmert’s outrageous comments not only insults the victims of 9/11 and their families but they also offer the latest evidence that the Republican Party has been taken over by right wing extremists. House Republicans should immediately condemn Congressman Gohmert’s offensive remarks.
“Whether they’re attending ‘tea party’ rallies featuring Holocaust imagery, comparing health insurance reform to terrorism, or staying silent about plans to burn public officials in effigy, the tenor from House Republicans grows more alarming by the day.”
From The New York Daily News:
New York City wants to put terrorists on trial because it’s either insane or hopes resulting attacks would create jobs, a Texas Republican suggested a day after Rep. John Shadegg had to apologize for suggesting terrorists would kidnap the mayor’s daughters because of a trial.
Yep. Here’s Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)[:]
“You’ve got subways, tunnels, bridges all subject to terrorism,” the Texan said on Fox News. “And unless they’re trying to create a new jobs bill by allowing terrorism back in New York then this is insane. And even that would be insane.”
That followed up on some remarks he made on the House floor, mocking President Obama’s early career in community organizing and predicting terror trials would in fact spark new terrorism.
“What you normally have when you have the terrorist threats go on is evacuations,” Gohmert said. “And that’s when it is extremely helpful to have a community organizer in the White House because you’ll need lots of community organization in order to adequately evacuate massive areas of the most densely populated area in America.”
New Yorkers are a little split on whether they want the trial of Khaild Sheikh Mohammed, but they are very sure the city can handle it. And we have to wonder, why are these guys from Texas and Arizona more afraid of it than New Yorkers?
(Videos at Daily News link)
I’m just wondering why ol’ Louie is so worried about trials in New York City. After all, there’s something else that’s much, much scarier, at last according to Virginia So-not-a Foxx. From The New York Times (11/02/2009):
As the House convened Monday afternoon, Ms. Foxx, a North Carolina Republican, lashed out at the proposal Democrats are trying to bring to the floor for a vote by the weekend, hitting it for potentially using tax dollars to pay for abortions, among other things.
But in the post-Sept. 11 world, she may have set a new standard for assailing domestic legislation, as she argued that many of her constituents were living in outright fear of the Democratic health care overhaul.
“I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country,” Ms. Foxx said, adding later: “It is a bad bill and the American people should be frightened of it.”