While all eyes are turned to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson is back at it again. As some context, it is worth remembering that the Democratic platform committee featured several veteran anti-Israel activists.
At a recent event, Congressman Johnson compared Israelis who live in the West Bank to “termites,” saying that:
There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming.
This is not the first time that Johnson has been in the news for utterly absurd statements. He has made many over his years in Congress, but there are a few in addition to this that merit mention:
A world without balloons is a tough one to imagine. For that reason (and maybe some others), Johnson delivered a pun-filled speech (that I actually thought was pretty funny), listing a litany of reasons that balloons are beneficial to society.
Guam Might Tip Over:
It is very infrequent for someone to express concern over an entire island tipping over due to an influx of troops, but Congressman Johnson did just that. He wondered aloud whether the island would simply “tip over” into the water, a remark which left everyone in the room dumbfounded.
After his comment, he responded that he was simply joking, even though there was no indication from his face that he was kidding.
After all, without helium, it is tough to have balloon animals, like this Cthulhu that my cousin made at my brother’s Bar Mitzvah.
These are far from the only remarkable moments in Johnson’s congressional career, and this video has even more highlights of his time in office.
However, maybe this isn’t Johnson’s fault. Maybe the seat somehow attracts people prone to insane statements. After all, Johnson’s predecessor was Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who just a few days ago made the ludicrous assertion that “link[ed] Israel to terror attacks” across Europe.
What basis does McKinney have for such an insane statement? The fact that the same Israeli photographer was at the sites of terror attacks in Nice and Munich.
This is not the first time McKinney, a former Green Party Presidential candidate, has had her anti-semitism called out:
The remarks weren’t the first time McKinney, the Green Party presidential nominee in 2008, landed in the news for remarks deemed anti-Israeli. She tweeted a link last year to a controversial French comedian who had a history of making hateful comments about Jews, and she asserted that the bombs at the Boston Marathon were an inside job. Her father, the late state Rep. Billy McKinney, was known for espousing anti-Semitic views.
It seems like her anti-semitism runs in the family.
Given her history, it’s only a matter of time before McKinney makes another outrageous statement. And to be charitable, it’s only a matter of time before Johnson makes another outlandish “analogy.”
Georgia is definitely keeping it interesting these past few weeks.