Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Senator John McCain are currently engaged in an epically childish war of words. Under most circumstances it would be unbelievable to hear two adults stoop to this level of silliness in public. But they are congressmen, after all, so anything goes.
The two have spent the last two days finding fancy ways to say “You’re stupid!”
The tift started over comments Gomhert made at a Values Voter Summit in which he argued that McCain’s support for Syrian rebels is equivalent to supporting Al Qaeda since, after all, Al Qaeda forces are aiding Syrian rebels.
“I heard just before I came some senator from Arizona,” Gohmert said. “A guy that liked Qadaffi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy that liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that’s been to Syria and supported Al-Qaeda and rebels.”
So of course NBC had to ask McCain for a response to Gomhert’s comments. Because nothing says journalism in America like hyping up political gossip.
“Sometimes those are, comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence, I don’t view it as being a malicious statement,” McCain said. “You can’t respond to that kind of thing.” (unless, of course, you respond to that kind of thing.)
The good ol' “Well you don’t have a brain!” zinger. Nice one, John.
Of course Louie couldn’t let McCain’s jab go unanswered. His answer was just as mature as you’d expect at this point.
“Obviously, Senator McCain would be better off with ‘no intelligence’ since he does not know the Syrian opposition he met with is infested with al Qaeda and terrorist kidnappers,” Gohmert responded in a statement to the Daily Beast. “His ‘intelligence’ even caused him to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that burned churches and killed Christians, as the senator stood against the will of the massive majority of Egyptians including moderate Muslims, Christians, and secularists who demanded the Muslim Brotherhood extremist persecutions must end.”
These are your fine elected officials, ladies and gentlemen. If you can’t tell the difference between the way Gohmert and MacCain are arguing and the way middle school children argue, that’s because there isn’t one.