Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, is known for frequently making controversial comments. He was criticized earlier this month for an odd reference to the Jewishness of philanthropist George Soros, and he also once alleged a conspiracy by women to birth "terror babies" inside the United States.
Gohmert continued the theme of shocking comments during a Congressional hearing Thursday, in which he drew an analogy between children separated at the border from their parents, and the adult children of convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
"I'm always glad to fill in the gaps of people's knowledge or ignorance in a particular area," Gohmert said in an open hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, as reported by Business Insider. "So let me just state for those who are not aware... parents are separated from children every single day of every year, year after year... and parents who have probable cause, they committed a crime, are separated from their children and those are usually US citizens."
He then gave the example of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in reference to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"I know [Mueller is] a hero to some folks around here, he did it to Manafort, separated him from his two beautiful children. It happens," Gohmert said. He went on to defend the Department of Homeland Security against what he described as attacks by the Democrats.