Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) cited a fictional novel to back his claim that Islamic State militants had set up a base camp across the U.S. border with Mexico.
The Tea Party lawmaker warned during an interview Thursday with World Net Daily’s Radio America that ISIS may be working with Mexican drug cartels, reported Right Wing Watch.
“Like Tom Clancy had written about in a novel years ago, they are linking up with cartels and they’re putting America at risk,” Gohmert said, referring to the 2011 novel, “Against All Enemies,” in which Taliban militants team up with Mexican drug cartels.
The right-wing Judicial Watch group, founded by conspiracy theorist Larry Klayman, claimed earlier this year that it had thwarted a planned terrorist attack by reporting that Islamic extremists were camped near El Paso, Texas.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said those claims had been confirmed by federal authorities – but numerous federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies knocked down those rumors.
The U.S. Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Northern Command, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Mexican government each denied the Judicial Watch report.
But Gohmert remains unconvinced, and claims that the shooting of 32-year-old Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant proves that Republicans must not back down on limiting immigration in an effort to win Latino voters – who he claims will back the GOP through their innate love of God and family.
“It may just be because our president doesn’t know enough about our history — I’m sure they didn’t teach it in Indonesia — but the fact is when he says, ‘nobody has done more to secure the border than I have,’ or words to that effect – (it) is simply not true,” Gohmert said.
He said President Barack Obama should look to Woodrow Wilson’s Mexican Expedition, which nearly caused a war when U.S. troops entered Mexico, as an example of proper border security.
“This administration not only encourages people to violate the law, our immigration law, but it violates the laws regularly themselves, (which) leads to the tens of thousands of crimes that occur in the United States,” Gohmert said.