Ridiculous Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert Compares Himself To MLK

GohmertIf at all possible I avoid discussing racism with conservatives like the plague. Using facts and rational thought to discuss the very real problem of racism in this country (especially as it pertains to the GOP) is about as useful as speaking Chinese to try to communicate with a panda bear.


Republicans will swear up and down that their party doesn’t have a problem with racism; but let’s not forget that this is a group of people who often support the “honoring” of the Confederate flag, denying that it represents anything to do with racism.

Nothing you can say or do is going to fix that level of ignorance and stupidity.

But one of the more ridiculous things many Republicans often try to do is compare themselves to Martin Luther King or claim that if the civil rights leader were alive today, he would be on their side.

Again, it’s a level of stupidity you really can’t fix.

Take for instance comments made by Rep. Louie Gohmert where he essentially compared himself to MLK, claiming it’s liberals and President Obama who are driving the racial divide in this country.

“It’s usually the liberals that care more about race, they care more about gender and all kinds of, sexual habits,” Gohmert said. “We don’t care about that stuff. Are you going to do the job, are you going to do what’s right, are you going to be honest? Those are the things that we’re more concerned about. In fact, we (conservatives) are coming closer to the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. because we care more about the content of the character than we do the color of anybody’s skin.”

As someone who lives in his state, fairly close to his district, I can tell you with absolute certainty that racism is alive and well within the Republican party. And I damn sure know it’s alive and well in his district, because east Texas is even more racially divided than other parts of the state.


What Gohmert is doing is he’s using the classic tactic often used by those trying to deny racism exists by claiming that those pointing out the racism are, in fact, the racists.

To be fair, I will say there are times that liberals do play the race card too often, but those instances are far more infrequent than the plethora of times legitimate racism occurs among conservatives.

It’s just amazing to me that people like Gohmert try to deny that a lot of the irrational disdain shown toward President Obama has to do with his race. He acts as if it’s just a massive coincidence that the tea party, a group comprised of mostly Southern and rural whites that’s often linked with racism, just happened to form right as our nation’s first African-American president was elected.

Sadly, his attitude is more often than not what I deal with when it comes to discussing racism with conservatives. They’re completely oblivious to reality when it comes to the topic, bordering on either total delusion or flat-out willful ignorance.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    MLK sought equality of opportunity, not a thousand years of victim-status and restitution. I agree, he would be ashamed.

    • bigovernmentsocialconservative

      I know when you pull out that “opportunity” talking point that you’re a well trained lemming.

      Not MLK or anyone else, Left OR Right, sought “Equality of opportunity”.

      “Equality of opportunity versus Equality of outcome” is a talking point invented, used by the Right-Wing to SELL a false story through innuendo, essentially loosely drawing a caricature of their political opponents as “Communists”…never mind that even Communism doesn’t formulate “Equality of Outcome” as the objective.

      “To each according to their needs” is NOT “Equality of Outcome”.

      Having demonstrated that your RW talking point is a fallacy, a false caricature, “Equality of Opportunity” is a fundamentally immoral objective (As immoral as “From each according to their ability, To each according to their needs”).

      Equality of RIGHTS is what MLK advocated for.

    • Lucy Zkywalker

      Sssoooo… are you one of the ones who admits being racist or denies it?

      • Jim Bean

        If you must label me as ‘racist’ for daring to objectively discuss racial issues and affirmative action, then have at it.

      • Lucy Zkywalker

        Well….if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…

        But ok, let’s discuss. What is your beef with affirmative action? What other racial issues are of concern to you?

      • congero

        You are not “daring” to discuss anything objectively or you wouldn’t be denigrating the message of Dr.King.

    • Lucy Zkywalker

      He sought freedom, equality and justice. He wanted all of the rights that other citizens had such as voting and the constitution. He wanted police brutality against black people to end. He wanted blacks and whites to sit together in brotherhood. Be on the same level.

      I cant find anything that says he wanted “freedom of opportunity” It’s quite commical to think that mlk would have supported republicans.

      You should take 5 minutes and actually read his I have a dream speach. Its very good. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

      • Jim Bean

        Same level = freedom of opportunity to sit at the front of the bus, eat at the same counter, etc. Not ‘got to the front of the line.’

        Its comical to think MLK wanted the black community to be demanding crutches and wheelchairs in perpetuity.

      • Lucy Zkywalker

        What lines are black people at the front of? What crutches and wheelchairs? You are being vague. It makes it hard to know what you are even talking about.

        Is where you sit on the bus an opportunity? I would just call it freedom to sit where you like on the bus. Is there a reason you want to put the word opportunity in there? I really didnt see mlk use it. Makes me feel like you are trying to twist things.

      • Jim Bean

        For instance: Blacks make up 13% of the population but due to the ‘equalizing’ features of affirmative action, they hold 18% of he jobs in the federal workforce. What percent do you think must be reached to achieve ‘equality?’

      • congero

        Their are lies, damn lies and statistics. The Federal government along with the post office have always been places where minorities can find jobs. Less discrimination. Now tell us what the black unemployment rate is in the private job sector. You damn bigot. Also you don’t know a damn thing about what MLK stood for. Did you know he stood for a guaranteed income for poor people and that his poor peoples campaign and it’s platform was a form of reparations?

      • Bronwyn1

        Also those Federal Government agencies such as the USPS and the IRS that have been great for hiring minorities, statistics show that many of those employees are U.S military veterans as well.

        Now, I don’t like to stereotype. ..but maybe, just maybe, mminorities are more likely to pass the civil service test

      • congero

        Tell it Ms. Bronwyn. Teach! They have been hiring ex-servicemen /women of color. Mr. Bigot didn’t take time to look at that stat though. Also they have a strong union and pension plan and people have managed to move into middle class,buy a home, accumulate some wealth and send their children to college. These 2 faced bigots hate that,while at the same time babbling about some evil sub culture. Hypocrites and bigots are all they are and the sooner we do away with them the better as far as I am concerned.

      • Bronwyn1

        You teach! Hypocrites is an understatement, yikes, when they claim to be Christians, I want to scream.

        BTW, that would be Morning Flower to you sir Schoogar…lol mind you not MF though…teehee

      • congero

        Lol. Yes Morning Flower.

      • Flat Banana

        I highly doubt you know either, the ones that lived it and were there physically are the ones that know the true struggles. Stop looking for someone to always pat you on the back, move on most of the US has. Except you stereotype everyone outside of your race because of the few stories that make the news out of the 300 million people in the US.

      • congero

        You most certainly are a flat banana. Lol.

      • Lucy Zkywalker

        So you are upset they have 5% more jobs only in the category of federal jobs? That seems pretty nitpicky. Part of affirmative action is that you cannot hire unqualified minorities. So all of the 18% are qualified. They even made affirmative action flexible in the number of minorities to prevent minorities from being hired just to fill quotas. If that was the best arguement you have then you are really looking hard for excuses to be hateful.

      • congero

        You are a racist pig . You actually think black folks are at the front of the line you O’Reily parrot? You are laughable you old bigot.

      • Flat Banana

        They are consistently kept down by the people they vote for. Look at the bigger picture for once, dems constantly promise free government programs to individuals in poverty instead of giving them the resources to better their lives. Doing so keeps them down for years to come. Who would ever want to go back to work when they won the government lottery and can do nothing and still get paid.

    • congero

      Stop denigrating the message of Dr. King. It’s insulting that a white bigot is trying to lecture others about his message. You are the b side of your friend on this thread I Right. Amazing.

    • congero

      You really are a bigoted clown. His assasination was/is proof the struggle for equality, justice and economic justice for not only people of color but all poor people is not over.

  • I-RIGHT-I

    MLK will be outed soon enough for the harm he’s done once America can be honest and not worry about hurt feelers. A man does not give up the Cross of Christ to become a community organizer and prosper. His people are going down the rat hole because of him. It’s really gong to hurt to reverse this course. Sorry about that people.

    • Lucy Zkywalker

      What the fuck are you even talking about? Mlk wanted equality and peace. You don’t even make sense.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Become literate then become Christian and all will be made clear.

      • Lucy Zkywalker

        You’ re insulting me because I dont know what you are referring to in your nonsensical rant about MLK leading his people down a rat hole? How very Christian of you. I tried being Christian once when I was a kid until I was about 12.. As I got older and developed critical thinking I realised that the “God” in the bible is an over emotional egotistical jerk. And there’s a rediculous amount of illogical contradictions in that faith. And lots of hatred. The main point that settled it for me was the fact that God creates humans. He in all his infinite wisdom makes them flawed. Then he judges them on these flaws and if they dont meet his expectations then he sends them to HELL to suffer for eternity. ETERNITY. I wouldnt do that to anyone. Thats sick and twisted. How pointless and mean. And honestly if god created a man, and that man is not up to par with what God wanted, who is to blame for that? Personally I think if people arent what he wanted then thats Gods fault. If I build something and its not good, I’d blame myself, not the thing I made. Christians need to learn to think more, and just follow blindly less…. no offence.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        The Black Sub-culture is sick and twisted in the USA. Thanks Martin! If you’re not an American you get pass for not knowing that though YOU SHOULD if you are over ten and not located in Africa.

      • Lucy Zkywalker

        I do live in the US and I disagree. The hate culture is sick and twisted. It’s sad how people like you feel so shitty about youselves that you have this need to conjure up bullshit so you can try to feel superior. White people aren’t better than other people. Quit lying to yourself.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I feel shitty that I have to keep my doors locked and carry a gun to protect myself from hate criminals like yourself and the majority of the Black US population.

      • Bronwyn1

        Oh dear, look who is giving up Christ…Philippians 4:6-7
        6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

        There are at least twenty more scriptures about not being anxious about anything from one day to the next. You carry a gun. ..because that’s what Jesus would do or recommend? What about “turning the other cheek” “give to anyone asking” “love your enemies” How sad you gave up on Christ…. 🙁

      • congero

        Wow! Your comment reminds me of a picture of a banner I saw recently hanging at a Klan meeting that read “Jesus Saves.”

      • I-RIGHT-I

        You should have walked on in! It’s the New KKK! Just like the New Black Panthers. I think they’re all into yoga and cooking classes now.

      • congero

        Careful your hood is showing again. The new Klan is just like the old except today they dress in suits. You’re blowing it.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        So what? Who cares what those idiots do? They haven’t hurt anyone in decades. The New Black Panthers are a joke too. I knew some real ones up close and personal when they were murdering people left and right. Your real enemies are the Black guys you’ve chosen to be your leaders. Just like always.
        Enjoy the Decline.

      • congero

        F you racist I know who my enemies are quite well. The stench of you is unmistakeable. You aren’t fooling anyone. You are today’s Klan and today we aren’t backing down.

    • congero

      Reverse course? You are proof of what the article highlighted. Racism is alive and well.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Of course racism is alive in well that’s why we’ve got to reverse course. There’s no point in throwing good money after bad. I’m thinking refugee camps for those that can’t handle modern society? Where would you like to live?

      • congero

        Hahaha…we are not going anywhere racist. We have fought and bled for this country built on the backs of my ancestors and before I’ll be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave and We outnumber you so bring it trash.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Fine and dandy Sir.
        Behave yourself then.

      • congero

        Only after I stick my boot so far up your butt you taste leather.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        I have a plan for that too.

      • congero

        The only plan you have is to open my door when you see me racist.

    • Bronwyn1

      @I-Right-I, Specifiy what harm MLK has done.

      “A man does not give up the Cross (sic) of Christ to become a community organizer and prosper.” Huh? What the hell does that even mean?

      Give up the Cross of Christ? First why do you capitalize the word cross? And how do you give up something of Christ’s that he never possessed? Second what’s the significance in “giving up the cross” it’s an object?

      Jesus Christ was a community organizer!

      God does command to go forth and “prosper” so no sin or “harm” in that.

      Don’t imply MLK denounced his Christianity because he didn’t.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Shtupdmmy

      • Bronwyn1

        ROFL…AT YOU!

      • congero

        The truth is like sunlight to you vampires. Lol.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Is it difficult to type with that long white robe and eyeholes in that hood?

  • Michael Doyle

    Wow! Delusional much?

  • Danny Harris

    “It’s usually the liberals that care more about race, they care more about gender and all kinds of, sexual habits,” Gohmert said. “We don’t care about that stuff.”

    If they don’t care about race, gender & “sexual habits” why not shut the hell up about it? Why are Rep. so concerned about whose doing who? Fantasy possibly?

    Read more at: https://www.forwardprogressives.com/ridiculous-texas-rep-louie-gohmert-compares-himself-mlk/