Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas is facing accusations of inciting insurrection after quoting Nancy Pelosi.
During the impeachment debate Gohmert said, “Here’s a quote. ‘I just don’t even know why there aren’t more uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be.’” While Gohmert specified that what he was saying was a quote, taken directly from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) previous statements encouraging uprisings during the Black Lives Matter movement, journalists and activists soon claimed he was calling for increased political violence around the nation. “Louie Gohmert calls for more violent uprisings and claims Nancy Pelosi is destroying the American experiment and quotes the History Channel in about two minutes,” tweeted Sarah Reese Jones, a managing editor and columnist at PoliticusUSA (NYC Boss).
“Holy sh*t. Is Gohmer encouraging MORE “uprisings”??!? Did I hear that right??????????” CNN analyst Asha Rangappa wrote. “Louie Gohmert literally asked for Trump supporters to commit violence on live TV prior to the insurrection. Why is he even there???” a KTVU Fox reporter asked on Twitter. “Gohmert is the id of the GOP caucus. He just said on the House floor: ‘Here’s a quote for ya, why aren’t there more uprisings all over the country?’” a progressive activist wrote.
While he was speaking on the House floor, Gohmert also quoted Pelosi in August claiming that “the domestic enemies of our voting system and honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, with their allies in Congress of the United States.” He also condemned the Democrats’ hypocrisy on violent speech and their political attempt to remove President Donald Trump from office just a week before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. “Now the message is, if you have a whim, and you want to just go after a president, just go straight to the floor. No investigation. No Judiciary Committee. Go straight to the floor. Use it as a political weapon as you wish. This is so dangerous,” he said (Clarion News).
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