Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is still doing his damnedest to darken Texas’ reputation as the home of ignorant, paranoid racist nutcakes who never met a conspiracy theory they didn’t like.
When this latest moronic comment from Gohmert came to my attention, I felt compelled to provide an illustration, slightly altering Gohmert’s own official photo and an X-ray I found on Wikimedia Commons (which I should credit to “Local Xray”, and his credit should not imply that he condones my views.)
Here’s the story from Salon.com below, but first, a commercial announcement:
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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, added to the list of conspiracy theories he’s had about Muslims by claiming that the President seeks advice from people who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. “He has advisers around him that do not have the same goal as he does. He has people around him giving advice who support the Muslim Brotherhood and who steer him in wrong directions,” Gohmert said.
Gohmert was speaking with the Daily Caller, and laid out his full theory:
No, I will say based on the findings of the Dallas Federal Court and the Fifth Circuit of Appeals, the two largest front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood are ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, and CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations. And people from ISNA, like the President Imam [Mohamed] Magid, has access to him. He had access in the State Department and Justice Department. And it appears that he is pretty much welcome most places. Helped the FBI supposedly with their redirection. So you have people like that who are actual members of organizations that federal courts have said are the largest Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in America. So it’s not me saying it, it’s the federal courts.
“I think it’s born out that this administration believes that the best advice they can get on how to deal with radical Islam is to listen to people who happen to be in or have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. And it’s just not right,” Gohmert said.
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.