Comments Backfire On Georgia Congressman
The debate over America's southern border crisis has reached a new level as Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democratic congressman from Georgia, sparked backlash for his controversial comments about the issue.
In an interview with FOX News Channel correspondent Hillary Vaughn, Johnson was asked about the record number of illegal immigrants pouring into the United States and whether it concerned him. In response, Johnson questioned Vaughn's knowledge on the issue, claiming that she had not spoken to "the right people."
The clip of their interaction quickly went viral on social media, with many conservative commentators criticizing Johnson for his apparent lack of knowledge on the issue.
Some have even suggested that perhaps Johnson needs to be taken on a tour of the border to see the situation for himself.
Time for some buses to go to Hank Johnson’s district in Atlanta: Georgia’s fourth congressional district. https://t.co/po1MeiUxsy
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) September 27, 2023
Journalist Miranda Devine even proposed sending buses of illegal immigrants to Johnson's congressional district in Atlanta, Georgia, in order to see if he would still hold the same views.
This is not the first time Johnson has made headlines for his controversial statements. In 2010, during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Johnson expressed concern that the U.S. territory of Guam could "capsize" if there were too many people on the island.
Retired U.S. Army Colonel James Hutton recalled this incident, tweeting that Johnson once grilled a senior military leader about putting too many Marines on Guam, fearing that it would cause the island to tip over.
The folks Hank Johnson talks to have led him to believe Guam may tip over. https://t.co/uNr8iDOPNH
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 27, 2023
This comment was met with disbelief and mockery on social media, with many questioning Johnson's judgment.
In light of Johnson's past statements, some commentators also quipped that he should be concerned about the country "capsizing" due to the influx of illegal immigrants.
Aside from the Guam incident, Johnson has a history of making controversial remarks. In 2016, he compared Jewish Israeli settlers to "termites," causing backlash and accusations of anti-Semitism.
Just recently, Johnson made headlines again for his comments about parents confronting school boards, claiming that their actions were a "coordinated attack" similar to the Capitol riot on January 6.
In response to his latest comments on the border crisis, conservative commentator Steve Guest dubbed Johnson the "King of the Idiots!" Others have called him an "idiot" and expressed surprise and disbelief at his statement.
This controversy surrounding Johnson's comments highlights the heated debate over America's southern border and the ongoing issue of illegal immigration. As the situation continues to intensify, it is likely that Johnson's statements will continue to spark backlash and further fuel the debate.