U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert says a new PAC he has created will raise funds to help tea party candidates unfairly under siege from the Republican rank-and-file — and insists it is not there to spark a GOP civil war.
"Some in the establishment of the Republican Party are saying, gee, this is wrong, but this is not declaring a war against Republican candidates. In fact, it is defensive," the Texas Republican told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"There are people, including our speaker [John Boehner] who wanted to declare war on tea parties. These are conservatives who simply want elected officials to do what they promised when they got elected.
"[But] if you don't go along with what the leadership says, they're going to see that you don't get any financial help, they're not going to help you raise money."
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Gohmert said he modeled GOH Conservative PAC after the Senate Conservatives Fund, which was created by Jim DeMint, the former U.S. Senator from South Carolina who is now president of the Heritage Foundation.
"This was a page from Jim DeMint's book … so that conservatives would know even if you are crazy enough to stand up and keep your promises that you ran on to get elected, you will be able to raise money," Gohmert said.
"There will be people, like me, that … will not only help you raise money, but we will help give you with money from a PAC.
"Some people are critical of PACs and say they're just people sucking out huge salaries and getting rich off them and there are PACs where that's the case, but in mine nobody gets a salary. Whatever we're able to raise, it goes to help conservatives. That's the whole point."
Gohmert came to the defense of Ted Nugent, the conservative rock star who apologized
on Friday for referring to President Barack Obama as a "subhuman mogrel."
"Ted has been really rocked by the overzealousness of government. Poor guy's just trying to live on his ranch and he's taking in species in danger, like one that became extinct in Libya," Gohmert said.
"He called me when he was rightfully upset … He and numerous other landowners in America got them, they bred them, they developed them, they've spread them around until they were about 22,000 of them in America.
"Then this administration's goons come out and say, 'gee, you've got these endangered species so you're land is habitat under federal control.' He's seen the zealousness of this administration trying to take over private property ...."
Gohmert believes there are many liberal racists who fly under the radar.
"I really look so forward to the day when the people on the left who are so racist will be able to look at people and judge them by their content of their character rather than the color of their skin," he said.
"So many on the left just can't get past it if you're a certain color."
He scolded liberals for their attempt to trash Clarence Thomas during his hearings on the way to a Supreme Court appointment.
"They tried every way they could to assassinate this good man's character. This is not somebody that went to a private school in Hawaii. He was living off polk salad and things that they could pick wild or catching crabs when he was growing up," Gohmert said.
"The leftists talk about, 'oh, they're holier than thou,' but, as he points out, he noticed [at Yale Law School] that the legals only wanted to talk to him as a black man about sports or the oppression of the black people … That is really soft discrimination."
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