Montana GOP’s new BFF: Rep. Louie Gohmert
Known conspiracy theorist, Gohmert, to address Montana GOP convention
(Helena) – The Montana Republican Party, Senator Steve Daines, Congressman Ryan Zinke and gubernatorial candidates Greg Gianforte and Brad Johnson have a new best friend: Representative Louie Gohmert from Texas. Gohmert, who accepted Congressman Zinke’s invitation, will be a featured speaker at the 2015 GOP convention.
Gohmert has a long history of making controversial, conspiracy-laden comments from claiming the U.S. would be more “vulnerable to terrorism” because gay soldiers would be getting massages before battles to suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government.
“It’s a sad day when Senator Daines, Congressman Zinke and the Montana Republican Party embrace the conspiracy-driven, hate-filled diatribes of Louie Gohmert,” Nancy Keenan executive director of the Montana Democratic Party said. "Instead of giving a platform to extreme antics that only further divide us, Montana Republican elected officials and candidates should be condemning this kind of behavior.”
Little information has been reported about Gohmert and his speaking role. The question remains: What will Gohmert say to the Montana Republican Party?
1. Will he accuse American war hero John McCain of working for al Qaeda?
In 2013, Gohmert said Senator John McCain is "a guy who liked Gaddafi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy who liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that's been to Syria and supported Al Qaeda and the rebels."
In 2013 and 2014, Gohmert voted for the proposed budget by Rep. Paul Ryan, which proposes paying off the national debt by selling public lands.
3. Will he lecture the GOP on the caribou-dating scene?
“So when they [caribou] want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline…So my real concern now...if oil stops running through the pipeline...do we need a study to see how adversely the caribou would be affected if that warm oil ever quit flowing?”
4. Will he call for another government shutdown?
“Listen, if it takes a shutdown of government to stop the runaway spending, we owe that to our children and our grandchildren. I don’t have any grandchildren yet, but if we don’t stop the runaway spending — even if it means showing how serious we are — okay, government is going to have to shut down until you runaway-spending people get it under control. And if you can’t get it under control, then we just stop government until you realize, you know, yes we can.”
In a speech on the House floor, Gohmert spread a debunked conspiracy that women would come to the U.S. to birth children, only to return to their home county to raise them as terrorists who would then come back to the U.S.
6. Will he continue to endorse outsourcing of American jobs?
The Longview News-Journal reported that, “the drain of American jobs overseas concerns Gohmert, though he tempers his reaction with his dedications to the free market. ‘On the one hand I’m strongly a free market advocate,’ he said. ‘The problem is, not everybody plays fair. On the other hand, sometimes I really want to look at – if there are incentives the federal government has in place that encourage (outsourcing), then that’s got to change.’”
7. Will he urge Texas to declare war on the U.S.?
“When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in ‘hostile’ control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious…the tone of the exercise needs to be completely revamped so the federal government is not intentionally practicing war against its own states.”
8. Will he explain what massages have to do with terrorism?
"Well, you know, they [the Greeks] 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 a big, planned battle, then you're not going to last very long. It's guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism…”
9. Will Gohmert ask for Zinke’s endorsement as the next Speaker of the House?
In early 2015, Zinke “was undecided on speaker, but did add that he likes Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).”
10. Will he give Rep. Ryan Zinke and Greg Gianforte a lesson in violating campaign ethics rules?
“Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) for violating House ethics rules by using campaign funds to pay for a trip to England last fall unrelated to any campaign activities.”