One GOP politician is facing renewed scrutiny after calling for violence in the wake of last weekend’s deadly terror attack on London Bridge.
Continued Higgins, “Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied.”
“Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
Though many were critical of Higgins’ statement, he told the Washington Post that it was being interpreted incorrectly. Higgins maintained that he was only calling for the death of Islamic terrorists, not all Muslims.
“Many Muslims are American citizens and I’d give my last life’s blood for any one of them, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to speak out boldly and from my heart about the threat we face as a nation and as a world,” the 55-year-old told the newspaper.
Higgins also maintained to the Post that he’s a “compassionate, loving human being,” but that he has “no love for people who blow up children at a concert,” referencing last month’s terror attack on Manchester Arena.
In a different statement to CNN, Higgins further defended his stance, asserting, “We are a world at war.”
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“The enemy is radicalized Islamic jihadists. The terrorists certainly take advantage of the politically correct madness that consumes the West. They revel, that many in the western world are frightened to speak freely. I’ve never been accused of being politically correct. I call things the way I see them,” he said.
Higgins has been mired in controversy before – prior to being elected to Congress, he was the St. Landry Paris Sheriff’s Office’s captain and PIO in Louisiana. His intense Crime Stoppers videos related to the sheriff’s office eventually lead to his resignation from the position, according to CNN.