Louie Gohmert: If Terrorists Are Charged With Hate Crimes, Preachers Will Be Too
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) believes that if the El Paso shooter is charged with a hate crime, then religious leaders will soon follow, according to Mediaite.
Gohmert, in an interview with KETK, was asked what he thought about the increasing politicization of mass casualty events. He responded with the differences between “sociopaths” and the mentally ill and then said that “it bothered [him]” when Congress passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009.
The Hate Crimes Prevention Act expanded the original 1969 measure to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Gohmert was unclear with his connection between hate crimes and religious leaders, but he was adamant that the El Paso shooter should be punished with “Texas law” and believes the shooter should get the death penalty instead of life in prison.
There is no death penalty under federal law (wrong), so all of this screaming and yelling we need to punish him for hate crimes, you know, that’s just going to be something used to lock up preachers someday.
We should punish people for what they actually do, and not for something stupid that they say or may have crossed their mind.
—Congressman Louie Gohmert, (R-TX)