Rep. Gohmert: Dems Support NYC Trials Because Rebuilding After Another Terror Attack Would Create Jobs

November 18, 2009 10:44 am ET — Chris Harris

Recent comments show that Republicans are attempting to stoke fear in New York City in order to exploit it for their own political gain.  If Republicans earnestly want what's best for New York and the country, they will stop fantasizing about terrorism to attack political opponents.

Politics Of Fear

After the Department of Justice announced it would move toward convicting 9/11 terrorists in a New York City courtroom, Congressional Republicans raced to condemn the decision. 

Because Republicans believe that their political fortunes improve when the country is fearful, party leadership jumped at the chance to scare people. Yet as is often the case, the House Republican Caucus' overzealous, far-right members crossed the line.

As Media Matters Action Network first noted yesterday, Rep. John Shadegg declared the decision meant Mayor Bloomberg's daughter would be "kidnapped at school by a terrorist."

Not to be outdone, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas suggested yesterday that Democrats may actually want another terrorist attack because rebuilding the city would create jobs.

"You've got subways, tunnels, bridges all subject to terrorism. And unless they're trying to create a new jobs bill by allowing terrorism back in New York then this is insane. And even that would be insane."

Last night, Gohmert said that "it is extremely helpful to have a community organizer in the White House because you'll need lots of community organization in order to adequately evacuate massive areas of the most densely populated area in America."

As Republican Congressman Peter King of New York put it to the New York Daily News, "in some parts of the country, I guess anti-New York remarks still pay off."

Sadly, he's exactly right.

Recent comments show that Republicans are attempting to stoke fear in the city in order to exploit it for their own political gain.  If Republicans earnestly want what's best for New York and the country, they will stop fantasizing about terrorism simply to attack political opponents. 

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