Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, claimed yesterday that the reason the Obama administration killed al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, in a drone strike in 2011 was that if they had captured him alive he “would have sung about all the different people he worked with in the administration.”
Gohmert told radio host Howie Carr that the Obama administration has let Muslim Brotherhood groups tied to radicals in on national security decisions, which he said shows that “we always feed the dogs that are trained to bite us.”
He clarified that he wasn’t “saying that Muslims are dogs,” citing his own Muslim friends like “hero” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
He then got onto the subject of what Carr called “anchor babies” and al-Awlaki.
“Al-Awlaki, his parents were from Yemen, they came to the U.S. on a college visa, had al-Awlaki, took him back to Yemen, taught him to hate America,” he said. “And that’s why they couldn’t keep this terrorist al-Awlaki from coming in. And I think one of the reasons they needed to blow him up with a drone strike is if he’d ever been caught, arrested, he would have sung about all the different people he worked with in the administration.”
As evidence of al-Awlaki’s supposed ties with the Obama White House, Gohmert cited photos of a prayer service al-Awlaki led on Capitol Hill early on in the Bush administration.