Louis Gohmert Votes Against Federal Anti-Lynching Law
After trying for more than 100 years, Congress is poised to make lynching a federal crime, according to Axios.
On Wednesday, the House passed a measure that would designate lynching a federal hate crime in a vote of 410 to 4.
Those who voted against the bill included Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). Gohmert was joined by Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Justin Amash (I-MI).
The landmark bill passed in the House after a version of the bill passed unanimously in the Senate last year, the publication reported, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law when it reaches his desk.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Gohmert did not immediately offer an explanation for his vote against the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, named for a 14-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955.
But the lawmaker has a history of making questionable statements surrounding race issues. Gohmert took heat early last year after coming to the defense of fellow Republican Congressman Steve King (Iowa) after the New York Times reported on King’s comments regarding white nationalism.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said at the time.
When King faced backlash, even among Republicans, Gohmert responded in an interview with his hometown newspaper: “[King] was talking about Western civilization, that, ‘When did Western civilization become a negative?’ and that’s a fair question. When did Western civilization become a negative?”