Last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert appeared on Dana Loesch’s television program, ostensibly to discuss the civil war raging within the Republican Party. After House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he would no longer bother defending Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee replied that “the shackles have been taken off” his campaign, allowing him to attack his fellow Republicans and to campaign how he sees fit.
When Loesch asked Gohmert about Trump’s “shackles” comment, the Texas congressman went off on a bizarre tangent about how the 2009 hate crimes law will result in Christians in America literally ending up in shackles.
“I do see the potential there for the future,” he said. “I’m talking literally.”
To Loesch’s utter confusion, Gohmert went on to recount the lynching of James Byrd and the murder of Matthew Shepard, both of which occurred back in 1998, warning that these incidents were the basis for the passage of hate crimes legislation, which is “ultimately going to be used to go after Christians and go after churches.”
“They’re going to say that the religion truly based on love,” Gohmert stated, “they will start saying it’s the most hateful religion and they will say that because Christians say that you have to believe like we do or you don’t go to heaven, you go to hell, that that’s mean and that’s hateful and they’ll come [for Christians] and now it’s coming. It’s here. It’s here already.”