2017-06-06 23:16:46 UTC
London by calling for an extreme solution: Kill anyone suspected of being an
Rep. Clay Higgins, a first-term congressman representing the third
congressional district of Louisiana, wrote a Facebook post Sunday just hours
after a terror attack in London that killed at least seven people.
"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
He also labeled the world as fighting a holy war, saying "all of
Christendom... is at war with Islamic horror."
When asked for further clarity on the post, Higgins' office confirmed that
the post, while posted on a campaign page and not official congressional
office account, was authentic and from Higgins.
"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," Higgins said in a statement.
The post, which accompanied a photo of one of the suspects from the London
terror attack who was shot at the scene, garnered many angry reactions and
comments on his Facebook page.
"We've gotten mixed feedback from folks back home. Some positive, some
negative," said Higgins' spokesman, Andrew David.
Higgins gained his "Cajun John Wayne" nickname and reputation before
entering Congress in previous job as captain and public information officer
of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. While serving in
that role, he made videos for Crime Stoppers which later went viral, but
soon sparked a community uproar that caused him to resign from the position.
The Louisiana Democratic Party responded to his Sunday post by citing a
Bible verse promoting inclusion, trolling Higgins and his claim of a war
between Christianity and Islam.
"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."