As we are about to turn control of the House of Representatives over to the Democrats, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) proved why that’s a bad idea. He became completely unglued on the House floor while discussing border security and decided to give what can only be described as a bizarre Bible lesson on
Guitierrez not only took issue with Republicans wishing others a “Merry Christmas,” but he also speculated that President Donald Trump would have let baby Jesus die if he had the chance in the latest example of how truly insane D
It all began as an angry Gutierrez went off on Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Neilsen about President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall and the administration’s immigration policies in general. He started out by admonishing the “majority,” meaning the Republicans, for only wanting to “just call it Christmas.”
From there, things went downhill fast. Referring to the US immigration laws as “repugnant” and “astonishing,” Gutierrez said it was unconscionable that this country does anything to keep illegal immigrants out during the Christmas season. Then, he gave his bizarre Bible lesson.
“A time in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A Jesus Christ who had to flee for his life with Mary and Joseph. Thank God, there wasn’t a wall that stopped him from seeking refuge in Egypt,” yelled Gutierrez.
Then, Gutierrez suggested that If Trump was in charge of the Roman empire during Biblical times, he would have directly caused the death of Jesus.
“Thank God, that wall wasn’t there. Thank God, there wasn’t an administration like this or he would have perished on the 28th. The day of innocence when Herod ordered the murder of every child under 2 years of age,” Gutierrez said spitting.
What he’s actually referring to is called “Holy Innocents Day” or alternately “The Feast of the Holy Innocents.” But, there’s a big problem with his analogy, and it seems he at least had an inkling that he was missing the mark, too.
“Maybe I haven’t gone a lot to Bible school, but I know that part,” lied Gutierrez. Clearly, he doesn’t know that part of the Bible. Jesus and his family never immigrated from one country to another, let alone illegally. They moved about within the Roman empire, like how we can travel from Kansas to Missouri in the United States.
“Thank God and shame on everybody that separates children and allows them to stay on the other side of the border fearing death and hunger. Fearing sickness,” Gutierrez said with a sneer. “Shame on us for wearing our badge of Christianity during Christmas and allow the Secretary to come here and lie,” finished Gutierrez.
Secretary Neilsen responded quickly by letting Gutierrez know that calling her a liar was “fighting words,” and she calmly explained why he is an idiot. She walked him through the fact that there is no US policy to separate families at the border. As she said, the only thing she and the administration are doing is upholding our country’s immigration laws.
But, Rep. Gutierrez didn’t want to be bothered with facts that take away from his performance. Showing just how serious he is about actually working on the problem, he got up and walked out of the chamber, proving he’s not just crazy but also rude.
If this is the kind of lunacy we can expect when the Democrats take over in January — and, sadly, it is — not much is going to be accomplished over the next two years. The next session of Congress promises to be infinitely entertaining, but the comedy value of a Democratic House is a poor substitute for actual progress.