On Thursday, Louis Gohmert got my hopes up and then crushed them in his bare hand while cackling to himself. First he said that he wasn’t going to endorse Ted Cruz yet because he was thinking about running for president himself. Then a few hours later, his spokesperson said he was just joking.
For one fleeting moment, it appeared that Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert was thinking about running for the White House. Not so.
Asked Thursday if he would endorse U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run, the Tyler Republican opined to a Capitol Hill newspaper that he was mulling a presidential exploratory committee himself.
“Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding president; however, I haven’t ruled out an exploratory committee myself,” Gohmert told The Hill, which posted the comment, triggering massive tremors along media/political fault lines.
An aide later clarified that Gohmert, an elected official with a solid reputation for saying the improbable, and often meaning it, was kidding.
“Washington D.C. contains too many who do not recognize statements made with a figurative tongue in cheek, sometimes known as being ironic,” said an email from Gohmert’s office.
Look Louis, I know we’ve had our differences. I know you probably don’t like me. But it’s just cruel to get me all excited about you running for president and then say it was all a joke. I was already imagining all the stupid shit you would say on the campaign trail. You can’t do that to me. I’m getting old and frail and I don’t think my heart can take it.