Clay Higgins, the newly-elected Republican congressman from Louisiana who is popularly known as the “Cajun John Wayne,” took to Facebook on Sunday to propose his own eye-popping solution to the problem posed by radical Islamic extremists: a holy war between Christians and Muslims.
“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror,” the offending post read. “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,” he concluded, attaching a picture of a British officer standing over the body of a slain London Bridge terrorist attacker.
Higgins, who served as a captain and public information at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana and was responsible for numerous viral Crime Stoppers videos, was reportedly warned by his superiors against using “divisive, disrespectful, or demeaning language.” He was also censured by the ACLU for using religious terminology in a manner found to be inappropriate.
After a Republican campaign staffer reportedly encouraged him to run for office, Higgins mounted an upset victory against opponent Scott Angelle in a runoff election that saw him take 56.1 percent of the vote.
A spokesman for Higgins’ campaign, which also runs his Facebook account, clarified that “Rep. Higgins is referring to terrorists.”
“He’s advocating for hunting down and killing all of the terrorists,” spokesman Chris Comeaux told Time Magazine. “This is an idea all of America and Britain should be united behind.”