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Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s Live TV Trump Defense Is Pure Insanity: “He can’t be anti-semitic, he’s got a son-in-law that’s Jewish.”



At this point, it might seem impossible to find new ways to defend President Donald Trump. However, a recent Fox News interview saw a GOP Congressman go to extreme lengths to find new pro-Trump arguments, and it is incredible:

A day after the latest deadly shooting at a synagogue, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) attacked critics of President Donald Trump on Sunday for suggesting that the president’s rhetoric might have emboldened anti-Semitic forces. His reasoning: Trump has been pro-Israel and has a Jewish son-in-law. Instead, he said, the real culprit was a non-binding House resolution. On Fox News, Gohmert cited an unnamed critic who tied Trump’s violent and bigoted rhetoric to Saturday’s Poway, Calififornia, synagogue shooting, in which one person was killed and three others injured. “For heaven’s sake, he’s got a son-in-law that’s Jewish,” Gohmert said, referring to Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner.

“This man has done more for Israel, according to [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, than any president we’ve ever had. And yet, they want to call him anti-Semitic.” Gohmert then suggested that it is actually congressional Democrats who are to blame for the shooting and that they are “projecting” their own anti-Semitic views onto Trump. “The Democrats are the only people who would not call out and condemn, specifically, anti-Semitic remarks,” he said, referring to a March non-binding House resolution that jointly condemned anti-Semitism and other types of hate but did not specifically address criticisms of the pro-Israel lobby by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that Gohmert had found objectionable. “And there’s a price for doing that,” Gohmert concluded.

How on Earth did this guy ever get elected to public office? The arguments he lays out here make absolutely no sense whatsoever. First, the fact that Jared Kushner is Jewish is totally irrelevant. That’s on a par with “I can’t be racist because I have a black friend”. Trump stokes white supremacist conspiracies and hate, and no amount of Jewish family members will ever change that. Second, it is incredibly rich for this guy to claim somehow that Democrats are responsible for failing to tackle hatred, when he and many other Republicans blocked the anti-hate resolution in Congress, stopping it from passing. And, crucially, it is President Donald Trump and no one else that has caused the drastic increase in hate crime we have seen lately. Since he became President of the United States and leader of the free world, the violence statistics have been through the roof. There is no escaping the consequences of the statements the President makes.





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