Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Louie Gohmert
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claims his regular spot on the list this week for offering one of the most deluded cases against immigration reform in memory. In an interview with right-wing conspiracy repository WorldNetDaily, Loony Louie predicted that — contrary to popular belief and common sense — killing immigration reform would actually help Republicans win Hispanic voters.
“Yeah, we could possibly pay in the polls in the short term,” Gohmert acknowledges. “But just as you’ve had more and more African-Americans realizing ‘Wow! We have one party that’s pandered to us, doled out government benefits, kept us from reaching our God-given potential,'” so too will Hispanics realize that Republicans “want you not to be a ditchdigger because you can’t communicate. We know you are smart enough to be president of this company and to be president of this country if you’re born here.”
So if Republicans successfully kill immigration reform, Gohmert insists “I think you will see people start waking up and go ‘Wow, I’m Hispanic, and these Republicans really like me!'”
Putting aside the notion that African-Americans who aren’t employed by Cain TV are suddenly turning against the Democratic Party in droves, Gohmert’s theory seems deeply unlikely to work out for the Republican Party. But hey, it’s good to know that Gohmert is theoretically open to expanding the GOP tent to include Hispanics — just watch out for undercover radical Islamists!