Decades ago, Nikita Krushchev, the then-premier of the Soviet Union, made headlines when he took off his shoe at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and pounded it loudly on the desk in front of him to protest a speech that he profoundly disagreed with by the delegate from the Philippines.
Today, arch-conservative Republican Representative Louis Gohmert (R-TX) emulated the communist leader in the midst of congressional testimony in the House Judiciary Committee by the former Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush, Donald Ayer, about political influence on law enforcement activity by the Trump administration — minus the shoe.
Instead of his footwear, Congressman Gohmert utilized his ring, banging it so consistently and loudly on the table before him that House Democrats were forced to ask Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to call the Sargeant at Arms to eject the Texas representative from the hearing room for his disruptive actions so the testimony could proceed.
The entire incident was captured on video and posted to Twitter for the public’s viewing pleasure.
Here’s footage of Gohmert banging his ring on the table: pic.twitter.com/Mr5Hjj5rMs
— The Recount (@therecount) June 24, 2020
The testimony that Rep. Gohmert was attempting to drown out with his annoying table banging was a devastating assessment of the character and performance of Attorney General William Barr who once worked under Ayer’s supervision.
“I believe that William Barr poses the greatest threat, in my lifetime, to our rule of law and to public trust in it,” Ayer said during his opening statement before the committee. “That is because he does not believe in its core principle: that no person is above the law.”
No wonder Gohmert was so desperate to try to drown out such a damning indictment, one that will only serve to increase the calls for Barr to resign immediately.
Thankfully, Ayer was finally able to complete his testimony despite the harassment by the petulant and childish Republican congressman.
One has to wonder, however, why the Democratic Senators didn’t try this tactic during the impeachment hearings when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his gang of complicit Trump-enablers voted to refuse to hear testimony from witnesses or subpoena additional evidence confirming the president’s high crimes and misdemeanors.
While the disruption is unpleasant, as the recent BLM protests demonstrate, unless you make some loud noises sometimes, you may wind up ignored and frustrated. Sometimes you just have to get people’s attention to get them to hear your message and once they do, the results can surprise even the most cynical observers.
Now here is a song dedicated to Congressman Louis Gohmert. You know that it’s likely he’s never heard this one.
Original reporting by Colin Kalmbacher at Law & Crime.
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