Texas Sheriff Appears on Fox News Making Ridiculous Claim About ISIS (Video)

hasselbeck-gary-painterLet me tell you, being a liberal living in Texas is not always easy, although I’m sure that goes for most liberals living in predominantly “red states.” But it seems that Texas is quickly becoming a breeding ground for some of the more batshit crazy eccentric right-wing conservatives.

Take for instance two of our most well-known Republicans, Governor Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz.

Well, it seems Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter is trying to continue the tradition of making Texas look ridiculous by claiming that they’re finding “Muslim clothing” and “Quran books” along trails and roads in the state. He also claims to have “intelligence” confirming ISIS cells in Juarez, Mexico.

You know, because a small West Texas county sheriff definitely has access to fairly high-level international intelligence data concerning the known whereabouts of cells linked to what’s currently the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.

“I received an intelligence report that said that there were ISIS cells that were active in Juarez and that there was some activity for the sheriffs along the border to be on alert,” Painter told Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox & Friends. 

“I’m saying the border is wide open. We have found copies, or people along the border, have found Muslim clothing, they have found Quran books that are laying on the side of the trail. So we know that there are Muslims that have come across, have been smuggled in the United States,” he continued.

Though it seems this rampant Muslim paraphernalia being found in Texas has been overlooked by – everyone. Because I’m sure if this were true, the mainstream media would be completely ignoring it, right? I’m sure Fox News would absolutely avoid sending crews to the areas where materials linked to Islam were being found along Texas roads and trails, especially if they were by the border.

Uh huh.

But he wasn’t done.

“If they show their ugly head in our area, we’ll send them to hell,” Painter continued to rant on. “I think the United States needs to get busy and they need to bomb them. They need to take them out. I would like for them to hit them so hard and so often that every time they hear a propeller on a plane or a jet aircraft engine that they urinate down both legs.”

That’s that good ol’ tough “Texas talk.” And by that I mean, it’s meant to sound tough but really just comes off idiotic and ignorant.

While it’s not at all shocking that Fox News would give airtime to this guy, it does continue to prove just how low they’ll stop to find anyone that will help them fuel their right-wing propaganda machine; especially when it combines baseless fear mongering about terrorism and the border.

Watch the segment below via Fox News:


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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  • Ingersollman

    W, is that you?

  • Dawn Hilton Oliveira

    Why would they even put him on their show??? He knows his little town of Texas but nothing about national affairs. That’s like asking a ROTC student to run our military. Has a little knowledge but not enough to be legitimate. How far will they go to push their 1950’s agenda?

    • Eg Kbbs

      Plus I just looked it up. Midland County is nowhere near the border.

      • Pipercat

        Well, it is close to New Mexico’s border!

      • Eg Kbbs

        True. I stand corrected. 😉

  • forpeace

    What do you expect form a small county Sheriff in a state that has Rick Perry as Governor, Ted Rafael Cruz as Senator, and Louie Gohmert as Representative? Just connect the dots, this is all about immigration and it has nothing to do with ISIS.

    Sheriff Gary Painter claimed that they’re finding “Muslim clothing” and “Quran books” along trails and roads in the state, and he have “intelligence” confirming ISIS cells in Juarez, Mexico. WTH is Muslim clothing?

    Elisabeth Hasselbeck linked NFL scandals to Benghazi, and then she tweetd to The Huffington Post saying that connecting Benghazi to the NFL scandals was an “honor.”

    And this is what you get when Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviews Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter from Texas!

    • Stephen Barlow

      Oh those poor demented voters!!!! they deserve EVERY THING they get !!!

      • rossbro

        Problem is, WE have to put up with these crazy assholes !

  • Stephen Barlow

    How many times do you think this guy was abducted by aliens?

    Is FOX really that desperate? To have another CLiven Bundy or Joe Arpaio face to get out the nursing home votes?

  • mms

    Sometimes when someone stupid from texass speaks, I want to bomb them. If only wishes come true!

    Goodness, hasselbeck has gotten stupider. she and fox deserve each other.

  • wpsweeney

    I love the way that a video showing ISIL fighters in Syria or Iraq is shown as this is aired. It really gets the point across about how these terrorists are poised to do the same thing in south TX. And, of course, the evidence presented by the Sheriff appears overwhelming.
    Hasselbeck and FOX should be absolutely ashamed for conducting this interview. But we know that shame is not in their corporate makeup.

  • Macdoodle

    Wow finally I have found a site that is more demented than Media Matters!

  • Eg Kbbs

    He finds a cloth on the ground and it is instantly a Muslim prayer mat. Uh, ever hear of a serape ? Or a hiker with a ground cloth ?

    A Quran on the ground ? A Muslim is desecrating the Quran -highly unlikely. Was the title on the book “Green Eggs and Ham” or “Hablo Engles ?” Not to mention if he had found one, he would be waving it in his hands to prove his point. For that matter, he is such an idiot that he didn’t even try to get one from the local bookstore and pretend it is the one he found on the ground.

    Operating in Juarez ? The Drug Cartels there would kick them out. And another source reports that he called for bombing Ciudad Juarez – an extremely population dense area. Yeah, lets make the Mexicans hate us as much as ISIL does.

    • D_from_Tennessee

      I believe it was a soccer jersey.

  • Ned

    “Painter continued to rant on. “I think the United States needs to get busy and they need to bomb them. They need to take them out.” OK, that settles it! We have to BOMB TEXAS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

  • Eg Kbbs

    Was curious and looked it up. Midland County is nowhere near the border.

  • malibujimbo

    If ISIS is going to attack the US, Texas is as good as any place !

  • D_from_Tennessee

    I don’t have the stomach to watch the Fox segment. I just ate lunch. Maybe someone needs to ask him where he got that intelligence report. Does he say so or does the so-called reporter ask him? Could it be he got it from the ISIS propaganda machine? Hey, wait…Fox and ISIS both rely on propaganda for supporters. Who knew. btw, I once thought that lady reporter was attractive when she was on the View. She has aged so much since taking a stab at being a real reporter on the Fox News. /snark alert/

  • Andy Baker

    Put Elizabeth in porn where she belongs! Every time she opens her mouth just put a big ol dick in it!

    • Nathan

      Thanks for posting your picture with a vile statement like this Andy Baker, we now know what a bigoted pig looks like, one whose endorses the rape of a woman! You have done a tremendous service for your cause!

  • Jerry Graybosch

    If they’re in Mexico and coming across the border, bombing those in Syria won’t give us much protection, will it.

    • strayaway

      “919,000 illegal immigrants so far this year – 119,000 of whom were OTMs (other than Mexicans).” “According to the Border Patrol, some 465,000 OTMs have taken advantage of this “catch and release” policy to settle here in the US.””Most (OTM’s) are from Brazil and Central America, but Mr. Aguilar reported that last year 644 came from “countries of concern.”” -CSMonitor

      These were just those illegal border crossers who were caught. At least this sheriff is correct about saying “the border is wide open.”Of course it makes no sense to build a wall as long as we have government officials who leave the gates open. What could possibly go wrong? Bombing in Syria will make things worse as it will create even more refugees. The Obama administration already plans to bring in 75,000 Syrian refugees legally. They need jobs.

  • Nancy B

    Hmmmm. With the reverence that Muslims treat the Quran, I wonder why they just leave them on the side of the road.

  • Jere

    So, I assume we won’t have any problems finding the Naked IS members..oh, wait! Silly me, they must be changing their clothes by means of their luggage that they smuggled across with them!

  • Macdoodle

    Wake up you fools before its too late……………..

    Congressman Jason Chaffetz broke
    this shocking news Wednesday that four known terrorists were
    apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before
    the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

    Chaffetz questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists.”
    Johnson dodged the question.

    “There were actually four individuals trying to cross through the
    Texas border, who were apprehended at two different stations, that do
    have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.”

  • Edward Padilla

    Um…..yeah – I’m shaking in my boots…(Where’s the sarcasm font when you need it?) –
    FOX News has become a nightly SitCom – and a bad one at that –
    Elisabeth Hasselbeck? The new Peg Bundy – only dumber –
    Most Muslims I’ve met wear jeans….And their Quran is like the Christians’ Bible – If they are as religiously zealous as they are cartooned out to be; if they dropped their Quran, they would pick it up, kiss it, and raise it to the heavens for forgiveness (Much like our zealous, over-the-top “Christians”) – A Christian or Muslim leaving a holy book on the ground and not picking it up? Unheard of –
    The “sheriff” probably bought a few and tossed them out there himself –
    He needs to Militarize El Paso….you know…for them-there “ISIS people” —

  • Macdoodle

    A law enforcement bulletin recently released warned that Islamic
    State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S.
    soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for
    jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up
    and slaughter them.”

  • Macdoodle

    A law enforcement bulletin released recently warned that Islamic
    State fighters have increased calls for “lone wolves” to attack U.S.
    soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for
    jihadists to find service members’ addresses online and then “show up
    and slaughter them.”

  • Macdoodle

    I notice anything I post on here that is not in line with the left wing agenda gets deleted.Even if it contains no racism or inflammatory language.Present a differing point of view and rather than debate it the censorship police will be called forth.