Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins says every conceivable measure should be taken to hunt down radical Islamic terrorists. The Facebook post in response to the weekend London Attack adds “For the sake of all that is good and righteous, kill them all.” UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says Higgins could face backlash from moderate constituents, but it shouldn’t be a concern for the man known as the Cajun John Wayne.
“The only people who can really remove Clay Higgins from office would be the people who elected him or the US Congress itself, and I really don’t think either are going to react in a way that would move in that direction,” Cross said.
Cross says voters in the 3rd Congressional District had a good idea of who Higgins is from his viral crime stoppers videos with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. He says comments like this likely won’t come as a surprise to his supporters.
“He was a guy who was not PC, who spoke his mind even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. So this is more of the same from Congressman Higgins, and I don’t think it’s that much of a surprise to anybody,” Cross said.
Higgins has since issued a statement saying he’s never been accused of being politically correct, and terrorists take advantage of the politically correct madness that consumes the West. But Cross says while some Americans may agree with the comments, they could be used as propaganda by terrorists to fuel radicalization.
“They’re probably destined to be playing on an Al Qaeda station coming near you. It’s hard to imagine that this wouldn’t provide a cry for the enemy,” Cross said.