Politics

Texas’ Louie Gohmert Helps Lead America’s Dumb Revolution

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert begins to ripen during his questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert begins to ripen during his questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year. Win McNamee / Getty
Something stupid happened at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. That's all you need to know, to know that East Texas U.S. House Rep. Louie Gohmert was right in the middle of it.

Gohmert, along with several fellow acolytes of President Donald Trump, decided that the best way for them to show their fealty to dear leader was to storm a deposition being taken in a secure room on Capitol Hill as part of the continuing impeachment inquiry into the president.

After getting inside and seeing the witness giving her deposition, Defense Department employee Laura Cooper, escorted away, Gohmert hopped on a secure phone line and complained to his staff that he couldn't use his cellphone inside what is supposed to be one of the most secure rooms in the United States. According to media reports, Gohmert spent his time in the secure area ranting about the ongoing impeachment process. No real surprise from someone who is clearly going to ride with President Trump until the wheels fall off, but Gohmert probably could've picked a better venue.  As was noted by many on social media throughout the day, Democrats are following the same process Republicans found to be essential as they spent months investigating Benghazi. Not that Gohmert cares. Ideological consistency is for snowflakes. The only redeeming thing about Gohmert et al's stunt was the jokes. Never change, Rep. Gohmert.
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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