POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 11:44am
AUSTIN, Texas — When MSNBC launched a series a few years ago about obscure politicians who propel themselves into headline-grabbing controversies, the producers did not struggle to find their first subject. They picked U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler.
Over the years, Gohmert has compared homosexuality to bestiality, endorsed a column likening Barack Obama’s presidency to Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship and warned anyone who will listen that evil-doers are making “terror babies” who — like human time bombs — will be trained abroad only to return some day to wreak havoc in America.
He has been called both a “deather” and a “birther” — the former a reference to his view that, under Democrat-inspired health care policies, frail senior citizens would be sentenced to death; the latter stemming from his role as a co-sponsor of a bill that critics of Obama used to question his U.S. citizenship.
Gohmert’s stances make him a favorite target of liberal commentators, comics and cable TV shows. But in his district, he is seen as a devoted advocate for his constituents’ values.
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