Rep. Louis Gohmert is much like Michele Bachmann, both in the sense that neither are very smart but also in the sense that neither one really cares whether what they say is true or not. If they overhear some little tidbit of information that fits their ideology, they will not only repeat it but build a whole narrative around it. You may remember that Bachmann did this with a nonsensical story about a kid becoming retarded because of a vaccine. It was total nonsense without a shred of evidence, but that didn’t stop Bachmann from repeating it on national television and making a fool out of herself. Here’s Gohmert’s most recent example of this phenomenon:
Gohmert warned that “until we secure the border, we’re going to have the same problems. They’re not going away until we control who comes in.”
“The FBI director has confirmed more than once that we know that there are radical Islamists that change their names to Hispanic-sounding last names, they come to Mexico and get and ID, and some of them even learn a little bit of Spanish so that they can try to act as if they’re Hispanic,” he continued.
“Why? Because we don’t have any fear of Hispanics coming into the country, but we’ve got concerns about radical Islamists.”
I think we can all surmise how this came about. Someone, probably one of the constituents who voted for him, suggested that this was a possibility at some townhall meeting. Since it supports Gohmert’s position, he then presumed that it must be true. I can find no record of the FBI director ever saying such a thing, but I can envision Gohmert asking him in a hearing whether it was possible that Muslims are taking Hispanic names and learning Spanish to blend in and he would, of course, say that this is possible. But there isn’t any evidence that it’s actually happening. But Gohmert doesn’t need evidence. If it’s possible, it’s true — but only when it supports what he wants to be true.