First-term Louisiana Republican Congressman Clay Higgins has thrust himself into the national spotlight with a controversial Facebook post. On Sunday, just hours after the latest horrific ISIS terror attack in London Saturday evening, Higgins took to social media to write about America's "war with Islamic horror." The Louisiana Republican Congressman went on to suggest that when it comes to suspected Islamic "radicals," the United States should institute a policy that boils down to "Kill them all."
As USAToday reports, the Facebook post quickly went viral and generated hundreds of comments over the weekend. People's responses to the hard-line rhetoric spewed by Clay Higgins ranged from supportive to highly critical. According to Chris Comeaux, a campaign adviser for Higgins, the criticism came from the "political left."
In his post, Louisiana Republican Clay Higgins stated that no "radicalized Islamic suspect" should be allowed into America, claiming that "their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied." Higgins went on to say that these suspects (not convicted terrorists, but suspects) should be hunted down and killed. All of them.
"For the sake of all that is good and righteous."The statement made by the Republican Congressman was so extreme and shocking, that many initially questioned its legitimacy. Since Sunday, Higgins' office confirmed that the post, which was posted on the congressman's campaign page and not his official account, was legitimate and indeed written by Clay Higgins himself.
"The free world...all of Christendom...is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identity them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all"According to Congressman Higgins, American money (specifically, American treasure) should be withheld from any nation which harbors so-called Islamic radicals, human beings that the Republican legislator referred to in his Facebook post as not humans but "heathen animals." Nowhere in his bloody call to kill did the Louisiana congressman mention the criteria that would be utilized to label Muslims "Islamic radicals" before hunting them down and killing them.
Despite his lack of details, campaign adviser Comeaux said on Monday morning that the "leftist media" is misconstruing Clay Higgins' words. According to the adviser, Higgins was not referring to "all of Islam" in his Facebook post. However, like Higgins, Comeaux failed to outline Utopian screening processes that would be used to differentiate between everyday practicing Muslims and so-called "radicalized Islamic suspects."
"The leftist media is reading (Higgins' statement) at their convenience. He is not talking about all of Islam. He is trying to be truthful."As CNN reports, Louisiana Republican Congressman Clay Higgins issued a follow-up statement regarding his now-viral Facebook post. In it, he described the world as being "at war" and "radicalized Islamic jihadists" as being the enemy. Higgins also bashed the current Western culture of "politically correct madness," adding that he has never been accused of being politically correct himself.
"We are a world at war. The enemy is radicalized Islamic jihadists. The terrorists certainly take advantage of the politically correct madness that consumes the West. They revel, that many in the western world are frightened to speak freely. I've never been accused of being politically correct. I call things the way I see them."https://www.facebook.com/captclayhiggins/photos/a.581438265292523.1073741827.581436541959362/738133509622997/
The unapologetic Louisiana Republican's spokesman admitted that the Facebook post, which captioned a photograph of the aftermath of Saturday's London Bridge terror attack, has gotten mixed reviews, even from the locals who voted the Higgins into office last election cycle.
"We've gotten mixed feedback from folks back home. Some positive, some negative."https://www.facebook.com/captclayhiggins/videos/986527594783586/
Not surprisingly, the Louisiana Democratic Party wasted no time calling out Higgins for his divisive and controversial Facebook post. And the party did so in an epically trolling manner, by referencing a Bible verse and addressing his assertion that Christianity and Islam are engaged in a war on a global scale.
"The congressman points to Christianity to justify his backward position. As a party that strives to put in place representatives who serve progressive, inclusive Louisiana values, we urge him to look to 2 Timothy 1:7, 'for God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.' Rep. Higgins' language is exactly the sort of response that terrorists aim to provoke."What do you think of Clay Higgins' controversial Facebook post? Do you believe that the Louisiana Republican Congressman is correct in calling for the hunting down and killing of all suspected radicalized Islamic jihadists, or did he seriously cross the line will his call to violence? Let us know in the comments below.
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