The new congressman, Clay Higgins, is being attacked for his controversial statements regarding Islam.
Higgins was formerly spokesperson of the sheriff’s department in rural Louisiana. His honesty usually caused him problems.
“Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter,” the Republican posted Sunday on Facebook. “Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
Higgins’s statement went viral and was shared over 2,500 times and caused around 1,400 comments. The statement was posted hours after the London Bridge attack where three men drove their vehicle plowing pedestrians and then stabbed bystanders. Seven people were killed and dozens were injured.
However, some people strongly disagreed with the congressman and attacked his statement.
“Wow, you are no better than a terrorist,” Misty Johnson wrote. “I’m more afraid of people like you than a refugee who was vetted for 2 years by 7 Intel agencies. I think we need better vetting for our representatives. You are an unhinged lunatic and playing right into what ISIS wants.”
“This is extremely hateful,” Tyler F. Thigpen wrote. “I didn’t vote for you, but you represent me and I’d like to hear a lot less hateful speech from the politicians that serve me.”
Higgins des think his statement is controversial and he is wondering why some people are posting hateful comments.
He explained himself by saying he wishes for Islamic terrorists to die not passive Muslims.
“I can tell you that there weren’t many Muslims in that part of Louisiana, but those that I have met have been very cool and very loving,” Higgins said. “Many Muslims are American citizens and I’d give my last life’s blood for any one of them, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to speak out boldly and from my heart about the threat we face as a nation and as a world.”