The congressman for Northeast Texas issued an apology during the weekend over comments he made on a conservative radio show that were pounced on by critics and media outlets.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, said in a clarification Saturday that his comments linking the shootings in Aurora, Colo., with the country’s moral fitness had been taken out of context. Gohmert had been a guest the previous morning on, “Istook Live,” a Heritage Foundation broadcast. He was not available for comment Monday, his public information officer said.
“The killings were a senseless, outrageous act,” Gohmert wrote Saturday. “Our thoughts and prayers continue for all those involved, and I am very sorry if my comments caused heartache to anyone so tragically affected.”
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who on Friday called for more gun control, described Gohmert’s remarks as “nonsensical.”
Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Bill Brannon accused the Republican of casting Texas in a bad light.
“Instead of working on behalf of the people of Tyler, Gohmert keeps shining an embarrassing light on Texas,” Brannon said.
CBS News and U.S. News and World Report also covered the story initially reported by The Huffington Post.