This is effectively what 21st-century McCarthyism looks like.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) went after the Obama administration’s handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation in a radio interview Thursday – and along the way he claimed that Muslim Brotherhood members are in the administration and influencing its decisions.
“It’s very clear to everybody but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us,” Gohmert told WND Radio. “And I’m hoping either this administration will wake up or a new one will come in at the next election before irreparable damage is done. Because radical Islam is at war with us. Thank God for the moderates who don’t approve of what’s being done. But this administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.”
Let’s put aside, at least for now, how ridiculous it is for members of Congress to be chatting with a radio show belonging to a fringe website like World Net Daily, which peddles silly conspiracy theories. I suppose we should also put aside the elusive point Gohmert never got around to making (does he think the Obama administration, which killed Osama bin Laden and has largely crushed al Qaeda, is indifferent to threat posed by violent radicals?).
Instead, let’s note that Gohmert believes “many” members of the Muslim Brotherhood have secretly infiltrated the administration and, in turn, are making U.S. foreign policy decisions.
For proof, Gohmert offers nothing but his own strange beliefs based on nothing.
You’ll recall last summer that Gohmert accused a Hillary Clinton aide of being a secret Muslim Brotherhood member, and the effort was condemned by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Soon after, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) characterized the accusations as “pretty dangerous.” Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), one of the House’s most conservative members, offered criticism of his own.
Given this, maybe it’s time for the House GOP leadership to remove Gohmert from his seat on the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security?