In response to the London terror attack, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) had an extreme proposal: kill anyone suspected of being an Islamic radical.
On his campaign’s Facebook page, Higgins, a former police officer, posted this message:
The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with the Islamic horror. Not a penny of the American treasury should be given to any nation that harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be given any measure of quarter. His intended entry into the American homeland must be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure must be taken to hunt them down. Hunt them down, identify them and kill them. Kill them all, for the sake of all that is good and fair. Kill them all.
The post was published early on Sunday morning. On Saturday night, suspected terrorists killed seven people during an attack on London Bridge. ISIS has taken credit for these killings.
With his declaration that Christianity is “at war against Islamic horror,” Higgins was embracing a far-right theme: the fight against extremist jihadis is part of a fundamental clash between Christian society and Islam. And in this Facebook post, he called for killing not only the terrorists found guilty of heinous actions, but anyone suspected of such an act. He did not explain how the United States could determine how to identify radicalized Islamists in order to deny them entry into the United States. It was unclear whether his proposal to deny any assistance to any nation harboring “these heathen animals” would apply to England, France, Indonesia, Spain and other nations where jihadist cells have committed horrific acts of violence.
Higgins’ office refused to allow a mother jones reporter to speak with a spokesman for the congressman. But in an email, his spokeswoman confirmed that the Facebook post was authentic.
In late January, Higgins delivered a fire floor speech attacking Democrats and the “liberal media” for opposing President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. He stated that “radical Islamic horror has taken over the world and…unbelievably…has been allowed to enter our own nation with unbridled indifference.”
Shortly before running for Congress, Higgins give up from his position as public information officer for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he had earned a reputation as “Cajun John Wayne” for his CrimeStopper videos. Higgins abruptly resigned after his boss, the sheriff, ordered her to tone down his unprofessional comments. “I repeatedly told him to stop saying things like ‘You have no brain cells’ or making totally disrespectful and demeaning comments,” the sheriff said.
“I’m not doing well under control,” Higgins said at the time. “While I love and respect my sheriff, I must resign.”
updated: Higgins campaign spokesman Chris Comeaux said mother jones in the email: “Rep. Higgins refers to the terrorists. He is advocating hunting down and killing all terrorists. This is an idea that all of America and Britain should be united behind.”