Say what you want about Trump’s tweets, new media has given us a new way to see into the psychotic hearts of our politicians. The latest representative to fall into the trap of oversharing is Clay Higgins of Lousiana. Over the weekend Higgins used his visit to Auschwitz as an opportunity to broadcast some Islamophobia. But now he’s sorry.
Despite the fact that signs at the Auschwitz Memorial instruct visitors to “maintain silence here,” the congressman decided to turn his voice up to eleven and broadcast a message to the world. He pointed his camera at his face and ranted about homeland security agenda. In the video he says:
A great sense of dread comes over you in this place...
This is why homeland security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible. This is why we must remember these things. Man’s inhumanity to man can be quite shocking...
The world’s a smaller place now than it was in World War II. The United States is more accessible to terror like this, horror like this. It’s hard to walk away from gas chambers and ovens without a very sober feeling of commitment—unwavering commitment—to make damn sure that the United States of America is protected from the evils of the world.
The video ends with a janky Photoshop of Higgins with his cowboy hat-wearing head bowed, wearing a badge, and the Isreali and American flags superimposed over him. The message is clear: Higgins is the man that can save these countries. Vote Higgins.
The backlash over the congressman’s disrespect of Auschwitz policy on silence and his shameless opportunism was swift. The memorial’s administrators tweeted, “Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage.”
Late on Wednesday afternoon, Higgins finally apologized for the video, saying:
I filmed the Auschwitz message with great humility. My intent was to offer a reverent homage to those who were murdered in Auschwitz and to remind the world that evil exists, that free nations must remember, and stand strong.
However, my message has caused pain to some whom I love and respect. For that, my own heart feels sorrow. Out of respect to any who may feel that my video posting was wrong or caused pain, I have retracted my video.
But that’s not how the internet works. The fundamentalist Christian website that the video was uploaded to has removed the post, it’s not on his Facebook page anymore, but just one copycat upload on YouTube is currently ranked #32 on its trending list.
Captain Clay Higgins has made a name for himself among a certain type of conservative with unhinged YouTube videos that he made while he was a police officer in Louisiana. One of those videos with racist undertones prompted some controversy and when his boss in the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office asked him to “tone down his unprofessional comments,” he decided to publicly resign instead. “I will not kneel to a discredited, wanna-be, black activist that doesn’t really have the best interest of his people in mind,” Higgins said at a press conference. Nazi websites anointed him as a new hero. (Here’s a Daily Stormer link, that I’d prefer you not click.)
Higgins didn’t need to be a cop anymore, he was a YouTube celebrity with an eye on politics. Jimmy Fallon said he should run for president. As a cop, he could appeal to anti-black sentiments, but as a politician, it’s all about anti-Muslim rhetoric. While he didn’t get into much of that outside of a pointed reference to “terror” in his Auschwitz video, his audience knows what he means.
“Our nation is at war with Islamic terror — the foreign horror that oppresses millions and intends to convert, kill or enslave the entire world,” he said in a campaign video. “Ah, but he just means the terrorists,” his supporters might say. Well a Facebook post from Higgins on June 4th makes his beliefs much clearer:
The free world... all of Christendom... is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.
Nice. He makes sure to frame the War on Terror as a clash between Christianity and Islam, then proceeds to call for the execution of anyone suspected of being a radicalized Muslim. Is he saying that we should deny terrorists entry into the US? Of course not, how would that work? It’s not like their passport says, “terrorist.” You get his drift. Kill them all.
And the cycle continues. Higgins apologizes and takes down his video. But it lives on and his supporters got the message. It’ll be one more example of the mainstream media and Jews censoring someone just trying to speak the truth. “Kill them all,” they’ll say.