President Barack Obama has endured dozens of crazy conspiracy theories during his first term. First, he was going to take our guns away. Then, he’s a socialist, he was born in Kenya, he’s a Muslim, he only got into Harvard because of affirmative action, and on and on. Just look at this amazing chart of all the Obama conspiracy theories put together by Mother Jones:
Obama was decisively re-elected just 23 days ago, but the conspiracy theories just keep coming. First, investment adviser Porter Stansberry warned that Obama was planning to seek a third term, even though that is prohibited by the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And then came this doozy from Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tx.: the Obama administration has actively aided al-Qaida and follows the advice of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Here’s what Gohmert said on Frank Gaffney’s anti-Muslim radio program this week at the end of an answer to a question about the recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas:
What was all the rage a year and a half ago? It was the Arab Spring and how wonderful it was! And this administration really embraced blowing out Mubarak – yes, do it up by all means – getting rid of Qaddafi. It wasn’t enough to send verbal accolades, this administration sent planes and bombs and support to oust Qaddafi so that al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood could take over Libya.
So let’s get this straight: President Obama, who authorized the killing of Osama bin Laden (along with many other top al-Qaida leaders) got rid of Gadhafi so he could clear the way for an al-Qaida takeover of North African country?
- Programming note: Find out how Sen. John McCain fits in with Rep. Gohmert’s Libya conspiracy theory tonight on The Ed Show at 8pET on MSNBC!
In reality, of course, Obama launched the mission in Libya to prevent a massacre at Misrata. But this is hardly the first time Gohmert has gone off the rails. He is best known for his unsubstantiated “terror baby” conspiracy theory: that pregnant women from the Middle East were traveling to the U.S. on tourist visas to deliver their babies so the children could be granted U.S. citizenship. Then, Gohmert asserted, those children would then be returned to the mother’s home country for terror training. When pressed, Gohmert offered no evidence of such a plot. And just two weeks ago, Gohmert nominated Newt Gingrich to be Speaker of the House, even though Gingrich has been out of office for 13 years.
Remember, Gohmert isn’t some obscure right-wing blogger. On November 6, 182,621 of our fellow citizens went to a voting booth, picked his name and threw the switch to elect him to a fifth term to the U.S. Congress, where our federal laws are written.