Rep. Louie Gohmert Says Poor People Buy King Crab Legs with Food Stamps (Video)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claimed on Thursday that poor people are using food stamps to buy king crab legs (video below).
Speaking on the House floor, he provided no proof of his claim, other than saying his constituents had seen poor people purchasing expensive seafood, noted RawStory.com.
Rep. Gohmert was trying to defend Republicans — including himself — who want to cut 2 million low-income Americans from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
"I've heard this story so many times from people who are broken hearted about it ... standing in line in a grocery store behind people with a food stamp card," Gohmert said.
"One individual said, 'I love crab legs. You know, the big king crab legs. I love those, but we haven't been able to have them in our house for who knows when. But I'm standing in line behind a guy who has those in his basket and I'm looking longingly like, when can I ever make enough again where our family can have something like that.' And then he sees the food stamp card pulled out," he added.
Gohmert also made news on Wednesday when he was asked by ThinkProgress.org if he supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employers in the private sector from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
"Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working? Good grief," Gohmert said.