During Donald Trump’s presidential term, Louie Gohmert was one of his most loyal sycophants. And after Trump lost the election in 2020, the Texas Congressman wasn’t quite ready to let go. So three days before the January 6th attack, Gohmert went on Newsmax and told viewers that if the results weren’t overturned, “[it would] mean the end of our republic, the end of the experiment in self-government.”The Republican continued, “But the bottom line is, the court is saying, ‘We’re not going to touch this. You have no remedy – basically, in effect, the ruling would be that you gotta go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and BLM.'”
According to Politico’s Betsy Woodruff, the comments were noted in a “Special Event Assessment dated Jan. 3, 2021 — analyzing threats associated with Congress’ impending vote on the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6.”
During an appearance on MSNBC, Woodruff elaborated:
“The problem with comments like this is that not every person hearing them is the most sophisticated news consumer. When you have lawmakers making comments along the line of ‘you’ve got to go out into the streets and be violent,’ that’s the kind of thing that worries people who are in the intelligence space, and it worried people in the Capitol police department just three days before this extraordinarily violent attack on the Capitol.”
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