At the Values Voter Summit earlier today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke about “some senator from Arizona” who, he contends, “supported Al Qaeda.”
The thinly veiled reference to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was not lost on the crowd, which applauded as Rep. Gohmert berated “a guy who liked Gaddafi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy who liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that’s been to Syria and supported Al Qaeda and the rebels.”
Sen. McCain traveled to Syria in May and met with rebel leaders, and has repeatedly said that he doesn’t want the United States government to make deals with groups that support Islamic extremism.
Earlier this month, the group that Mccain met with, the Northern Storm Brigade, was actually attacked by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, an Al Qaeda affiliate loyal to Ayman Zawahiri. Al Qaeda even nicknamed the group “the Shabiha of McCain” after the senator’s visit.
The Huffington Post contacted McCain’s representatives for comment, but was told that the senator “wouldn’t dignify [Gohmert's claims] with a response.”
Watch video of Gohmert’s speech below.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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