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People have said to me, ‘Stephen you gotta understand, you don’t even know your history. You’re dumb. You’re dense. You’re a mental midget with the IQ of a butter dish whose mind is a black hole that sucks all surrounding thought into it in an infinite singularity of pure stupidity. Stephen I’m surprised you can even dress yourself. I bet you have to rub peanut butter inside your lips to remember to open your mouth to breathe. I have never met, and I hope to never meet again, a man so pervasively astoundingly unyieldingly ignorant.’ To which I say, 'well then you haven’t met Louie Gohmert.'
Stephen Colbert[1]

Louis Buller "Louie" Gohmert, Jr. (1953–) is a former Republican Representative from Texas' 1st district (first elected in 2004, retired 2023) and is an accomplished idiot, who justifiably earned his reputation as "the dumbest guy in Congress" and "Congressman COVID" while he was in office.[2][3] He continues Texas' long, well-deserved reputation of electing eminently stupid people to federal office. He survived by hewing as far right as he can go in an already right-wing state, including jumping on the birther train in 2009[4] and the Tea Party movement in 2010.[5] Despite getting elected year after year, as a Representative, nothing he said accomplished anything beyond wasting time, his proposed bills went nowhere, and his role on every House committee was a big dumb waste of space. Thankfully, this no longer the case, as he desired to run for Attorney General in Texas, and didn't run for another term in the House. His dreams came crashing down after coming dead last in the Republican primaries, eliminating him from the nomination.[6]

However, he's tolerated by the Tea Party movement[7] because he's a reliable supporter of whatever their political position du jour is, including opposing Obamacare,[8] taxes,[9][10] gun control,[11] the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell,[12] and the American Jobs Act stimulus bill.[13]

What makes Gohmert remarkable isn't his run-of-the-mill Tea Party positions, but rather, that he defends them with alarmist non-sequiturs: Jesus hates taxes![10] Gun control will lead to bestiality![11] The American Jobs Act is an attack on marriage![13] Obama talking to BP about the 2010 oil spill is just like Hitler![14] Foreign aid to China will lead them to sell us food with cats and dogs in it![15] Oil pipelines are good for wildlife![16] Hate crimes legislation leads to necrophilia![17] Etc. Etc.


Believe it or not, Gohmert used to be a judge. In 2004, he defeated the four-term incumbent, Max Sandlin, in an electoral wipeout—thanks to the new Texas redistricting laws. Gohmert's only comeback for each question in the debate was Well my opponent likes JOHN KERRY... I mean, ha ha ha. He was a douchebag even then.

Loopy Louie[edit]

Gohmert with President Bush in 2009. Texas really didn't send its best.

Terror babies[edit]

Gohmert frequently makes what are almost certainly off-the-cuff (albeit dumb) remarks, and when called on them, defends them to the death rather than admit he was wrong.

The best example of this is the "terror babies." Gohmert repeatedly claimed that terrorists were impregnating women, sending them to the US, waiting for the babies to be born as "anchor babies," flying them back to wherever they came from, waiting twenty to thirty years so the babies can grow up and be trained as terrorists, and then sending them back to the US where they can gain easy entry to blow up the country. He first introduced this idea in a speech on the House floor in 2010.

In response, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper interviewed an FBI official on his show to debunk the terror babies claim (Gohmert asserted that the FBI had reported terror baby incidents). Gohmert then appeared on Cooper's show and refused to provide any evidence of terror babies.[18] Xenophobic think tank Center for Immigration Studies attempted to back him up with a report on terror babies, but provided no evidence except for some statistics on illegal immigration and conspiratorial insinuations.[19]

Xenophobia, but even dumber[edit]

In a speech delivered to a Longview Chamber of Commerce in Texas, Gohmert voiced his fears that "Radical Islamists" were infiltrating the United States by impersonating Latinos.[20]

Not content to simply insult millions of marginalized people of a darker hue than he, Gohmert also suggested that the very respectable, very white senior Senator from Arizona John McCain was a terrorist.[21]


Apropos of nothing, Gohmert made the following completely false accusations during a Fox Business Network interview, "George Soros is supposed to be Jewish, but you wouldn't know it from the damage he's inflicted on Israel, and the fact that he turned on fellow Jews and helped take the property that they owned. It's the same kind of thing." Gohmert's office doubled down on this slanderWikipedia by subsequently releasing this false statement, "Soros himself admitted in a 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft on December 20, 1998, that he had no regrets whatsoever about assisting the Nazis in confiscating property from the Jewish people during the Holocaust. That is a fact."[22]

On same-sex marriage and LGBTQIA+ rights[edit]

Gohmert links marriage equality to bestiality and polygamy, gay Boy Scouts to pedophilia, and hate-crimes laws to the end of religious freedom.[23] He has also repeatedly said some transphobic statements, such as believing to opposing transgender rights to support veterans.[24]

Anti-vaccine quackery[edit]

He takes a different line of insanity on the issue than fellow weirdos travelers like Jenny McCarthy or Michele Bachmann; he's opposed to them because liberal elites are culling the Earth's human population through their use in order to preserve natural resources, not because of any false safety concerns drummed up by anti-vax shills.[25]

On school shootings[edit]

Louie and Benny.

According to Louie Gohmert, the principal of Sandy Hook should have "had an M4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out …and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids."[26]

Getting an F in US history[edit]

Gohmert disingenuously welcomed the probe into Russian hackers trying to help out the electoral chances of Donald Trump in 2016, but for an odd reason: so that it would also shed light on similar Soviet intervention in the elections of Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter.[27] Like the other singularly odd statements he's made on a regular basis in the past, he was apparently quite serious.

Gohmert wastes the legislature's time with frivolous political stunts. In 2020, just after the House approved a measure to remove statues of Confederate soldiers and slaveholders from the US Capitol, he introduced a bill to ban the Democratic Party and any other groups that historically supported the Confederacy or slavery in the United States. This ignorant and reductive legislation was co-sponsored by fellow Republican wingnuts Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), Jody Hice (R-Georgia), Andy Harris (R-Maryland) and Randy Weber (R-Texas).[28]

The word "stupid" might not be strong enough, here[edit]

I think the biggest blockbuster out of (Trump's) press conference with Putin was Putin disclosing that they have evidence that the U.S. intelligence community provided over $400 million to Hillary Clinton for her campaign.
—Louie Gohmert on CBN[29]

According to Gohmert, our good buddies in Russia have “solid evidence that some intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions.” The only problem with that assertion is that it's based solely on the word of his fellow bald colleague, Russian President Vladimir Putin.[30] But he would never lie to anyone for political gain, right?

Climate change[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Climate change
"Is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate.".
—Louie Gohmert, during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in June 2021[31]

Gohmert has the obvious solution to climate change that those pesky climate scientists couldn't come up with: change the orbits of Earth and Earth's moon! To accomplish this, he enlisted... Smokey BearWikipedia and Cliven Bundy's arch-nemesis?


And lastly, don’t be stupid and become the news story of the day.
—Rodney Davis (R-Illinois), commenting on office safety at the US Capitol after Louie Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19[32]

Gohmert refused to wear a mask on Capitol Hill during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and reportedly told CNN in June, “[I]f I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask.” He tested positive for COVID-19 on July 29, 2020, a day after he appeared before the House Oversight Committee without wearing a mask.[33]

Dumb and dumber[edit]

There is zero chance that future generations will remember this as anything other than an idiotic and unpatriotic gambit.
—Jonah Goldberg, Boston Herald[34]

In December 2020, Gohmert initiated a last ditch lawsuit targeting Vice President Mike Pence that alleged without any evidence that multiple states illegally changed their voting rules in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and because of this, Joe Biden's election should be overturned. The lawsuit assumed that the Vice President can determine who won an election regardless of the result. Predictably, this laughable lawsuit was quickly dismissed by a federal judge.[35][36]

QAnon and the Capitol riot[edit]

See the main articles on this topic: QAnon and 2021 U.S. Capitol riot

Gohmert spoke at a major QAnon conference in Dallas in May 2021, Texas where he downplayed the 2021 Capitol riot, and promoted Trump's fraudulent claim that he had won the 2020 election.[37] As if Gohmert could actually be ashamed of this level of stupid, a member of Gohmert's staff falsely claimed that Gohmert had not attended the event.[37]

Gohmert sought a Presidential pardon in the waning days of the Trump administrations, which was not granted. As Representative Adam Kinzinger of the January 6 Committee stated, "The only reason I know to ask for a pardon is because you think you've committed a crime."[38]

The stupid goes overseas[edit]

He went to Egypt in September 2013 as part of a Congressional package deal including the likes of Michele Bachmann and Steve King in order to laud the military government for its overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. He wasn't responsible for implying that the Muslim Brotherhood was responsible for 9/11 (that was Bachmann), but he did make the singularly weird comparison of General Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to George Washington.[39]

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External links[edit]


  1. Colbert Takes Apart 'History Buff' Louie Gohmert For Remarks About Gay Massage In The Military., 27 October 2014.
  2. "GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert Concedes People Think He’s The ‘Dumbest Guy In Congress’" by Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post, 2021 May 20
  4. Mary Ann Akers. "Birthers, the Few, the Proud, Riling Capitol Hill." The Sleuth, The Washington Post. 2009 July 30.
  5. "Gohmert is a tea party kind of guy. A staple of their rallies, he voted against every stimulus and bailout proposal brought to the House floor when the economy was in a tailspin, making him a fiscal conservative rock star in tea partiers' eyes." —Stephanie Mencimer. "Rep. Louie "Terror Babies" Gohmert: Tea Party Pick for House Leadership." Mother Jones. 2010 December 8.
  6. After election loss, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert won't endorse another candidate by Jo Lee Ferguson, March 4, 2022, The Marshall News Messenger
  7. At least, enough to not lose or be frozen out of the political process.
  8. Sara Kenigsberg. "Obamacare Is Socialism: Reps. Louie Gohmert, Steve King Attack ." Huffington Post. 2012 March 27.
  9. Jed Babbin. "Pay No Tax for Two Months?" Human Events. 2008 December 1.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Pat Garofalo. "Gohmert opposes estate tax extension because 'Jesus never advocated the government go steal.'" Think Progress. 2009 December 3.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Michael Allen. "Rep. Louis Gohmert Compares Gun Control to Bestiality (Audio)." Opposing Views. 2013 April 2.
  12. Nick Wing. "Rep. Louie Gohmert: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Threatens American 'Existence' (VIDEO)." Huffington Post. 2011 May 25.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Marie Diamond. "Rep. Gohmert Calls Obama’s Jobs Plan An Assault On Marriage That Encourages Divorce." Think Progress. 2011 October 5.
  14. Matt Finkelstein. "Rep. Gohmert Touts Column Comparing Obama To Hitler Over Handling Of BP." Political Correction. Media Matters. 2010 June 23.
  15. Louis Gohmert on the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009. C-SPAN. 2009 April 21.
  16. Emily Heil. "Louie Gohmert: Best caribou wingman ever." In the Loop, Washington Post. 2012 February 7.
  17. Lee Fang. "Rep. Louie Gohmert: Hate crimes bill will lead to Nazism, legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality." ThinkProgress. 2009 October 7.
  18. Eric Kleefeld. "Anderson Cooper Grills Shouting GOPer Louie Gohmert On 'Terror Babies' Conspiracy (VIDEO)." Talking Points Memo. 2010 August 13.
  19. Adam Serwer. "Terror Babies Go Legit." The American Prospect. 2011 March 16.
  20. David Edwards."Gohmert: ‘Radical Islamists’ taking Spanish lessons ‘because we don’t fear Hispanics’", The Raw Story, Friday, August 9, 2013 9:31 EDT
  22. Rep. Louie Gohmert falsely says George Soros helped take property from fellow Jews by Felicia Sonmez (December 6 at 6:04 PM) The Washington Post.
  25. Gohmert: ‘Scary’ that liberal elites would use vaccines for ‘culling the population’ of humans, The Raw Story
  26. Louie Gohmert Says More Guns Are Answer To Preventing Mass Killings
  27. Charles P. Pierce, "Let's Take a Dive Down the Wingnut Rabbit Hole",, July 18th, 2018
  28. Daniel Villarreal, GOP Rep Introduced Bill to Ban Democratic Party for Past Support of Slavery. Newsweek, 23 July 2020.
  29. Louie Gohmert Makes a Hash of Putin’s Whopper About Hillary Clinton, Adele M. Stan, Right Wing Watch, July 19th 2018
  30. Natasha Bertrand, "Putin’s Big Tell?", The Atlantic, July 18th, 2018
  31. "Did Rep. Gohmert Suggest Changing the Moon’s Orbit To Fight Climate Change?" by Bethania Palma, Snopes, 2021 June 10
  32. Anna Palmer, The congressional underclass erupts in fury after Gohmert gets Covid-19. Politico, 30 July 2020.
  33. Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask, tests positive for coronavirus, Jake Sherman, Politico, July 29th 2020
  34. Jonah Goldberg, Lawsuit puts some GOP lawmakers on dumb side of history. Archived from the original at the Boston Herald, 1 January 2021.
  35. Dan Berman, Federal judge throws out Gohmert lawsuit asking Pence to interfere in Electoral College count. CNN, 1 January 2021.
  36. Matthew S. Schwartz and Barbara Campbell, Judge Rejects Last-Minute Claim That Pence Can Ignore States' Presidential Electors. NPR, 1 January 2021.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert downplayed the Capitol riot at a major QAnon conference and posed for photos with a conspiracy theorist influencer by Eliza Relman (May 31, 2021, 6:01 PM) Business Insider.
  38. Here's every word from the fifth Jan. 6 committee hearing on its investigation (June 23, 2022 7:31 PM ET) NPR.
  39. Bachmann, Gohmert and King’s surreal Egyptian presser blames Muslim Brotherhood for 9/11, The Raw Story