Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) denied “allegations he advocates violence” on Saturday after suggesting it as a remedy for President Donald Trump’s loss of the election during a Newsmax interview on Friday.
“I have not encouraged and clearly do not advocate violence,” wrote Gohmert in a statement published on Saturday afternoon on Twitter, adding: “Violence is not the answer.”
The comments come after Gohmert appeared to imply during a Friday night interview on the Conservative News Network that the only option might be for Trump’s allies to take to the streets and be “violent,” who are increasingly desperate and run out of options to overthrow a won election campaign by President-elect Joe Biden.
An angry Gohmert on Friday had railed against a federal judge’s order on Friday to dismiss the GOP legislature’s lawsuit, which effectively argued that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to dismiss the results of the November 3 presidential election.
“But if that’s the bottom line, the court says, ‘We’re not going to touch this. You have no cure – basically the verdict would be that you have to take to the streets and be just as violent as Antifa and BLM, ”Gohmert told Newsmax on Friday after Judge Jeremy Kernodle ordered his lawsuit to be dismissed.
Louie Gohmert on Newsmax: “But if that’s the bottom line, the court says, ‘We’re not going to touch this. You have no cure’ – basically the verdict would be that you have to take to the streets and be.” as violent as Antifa and BLM. “pic.twitter.com/cZIdGTiQls
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 2, 2021
Friday’s comments were a misrepresentation of a movement for racial justice and were widely given as a call by a seated member of Congress whose outrage came after Kernodle wrote in his ruling that Gohmert’s alleged violation was “far” in the Texas lawsuit Guns criticized too insecure to aid standing. “
In particular, the Vice President rejected the lawsuit, which was supposed to give Pence the authority to override the will of the people. The Justice Department and House of Representatives had also urged the court to reject Gohmert’s long-term efforts.
While the GOP legislature claimed on Saturday that it was only in favor of “peaceful protest,” it appeared to have advocated the use of force in the past. In fact, the Dallas Morning News advises that he was previously urged Trump supporters Consider “revolution” amid Trump’s election defeat. At the Million MAGA March in November, he proposed measures similar to the Egyptian uprising less than a decade ago and the uprising of the American colonies against England. “If you can do that there,” said Gohmert of Egypt, “think about what we can do here.”
Gohmert backed away from any association with violence on Saturday, saying that while he did bond with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., “that doesn’t prevent me from seeing what lies ahead when the institutions created by a self-governing people Peaceful dispute settlement hide from their responsibility. “
Gohmert has vowed that his lawyers would appeal the decision of the Trump-appointed federal judge.