Louie Gohmert: If Terrorists Are Charged With Hate Crimes, Preachers Will Be Too


“If justice is really going to be done, they need to use Texas law,” said Gohmert, referencing the death penalty.

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)

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Comments (9)

Is it just me, or does Gohmert sound more brainless everyday?

Preachers who engage in politics should lose their tax-exempt status. And preachers need to stop fomenting hate!

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Rep Gohmert has for some time been known as the dumbest man in Congress. You can see why.


Great idea. Let's start with all the evangelicals who are always preaching about killing immigrants, gays, women who have abortions and anyone else who doesn't agree with them.


He thinks the entire Christian faith is hateful? Because that's what his weird logic points to.

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