Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is never one to hold off on creating a controversy. So it’s not so surprising to find out that he’s decided to bring one of the most controversial conservative talk show hosts in the country to be his guest at the upcoming State of the Union Address: Sean Hannity. The rumors behind the Hannity invite is that the Fox News host may be considering a run for office.
Considering Hannity’s long record of attacking President Barack Obama, inviting him is a pretty direct insult to the White House. Still, there are worse candidates to be put on the guest list. Here are just five:
Sarah Palin: The Tea Party superstar has mostly receded from the political limelight, but that’s not due to lack of trying. Just a few days ago she was once more stirring up controversy, attacking the President by accusing him of “playing the race card.” And on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, too.
Matt Birk: The Raven’s player refused an invitation to the White House after the team won the Super Bowl in 2013, saying he had to stay home because he is Catholic and the President said “God bless Planned Parenthood” in a speech. Which, no, President Obama didn’t.
Bryan Fischer: Inviting someone from the American Family Association is probably a bad idea, but the last thing anyone should do right now is have Fischer in a room full of politicians who might *gasp* believe in science, since, according to the right wing pundit anyone who thinks evolution is real shouldn’t be allowed to hold office. “We don’t share ancestors with apes and baboons,” he proclaimed, according to Right Wing Watch. ”In fact, I would suggest to you that if a politician, if somebody wants to exercise political power and he is an evolutionist, he is disqualified from holding political office in the United States of America.”
Aaron Klein: Name not familiar to you? Maybe you’ve heard of his book, “Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office.” Klein, a radio host, believes there are many reasons that the President should be ousted from office, and has compiled them all in a book being pushed by World Net Daily and the members of the “birther” movement. “Every American, whether conservative or liberal, Democrat, Republican or Independent, should be concerned about the nearly limitless seizure of power, the abuses of authority, the cronyism, corruption, lies and cover-ups documented in this news-making book,” Klein told Buzzfeed in August. Sadly, there are sitting politicians who agree with him, including Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, who sent copies of the book to every member of the House.
Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent has made inappropriate remarks about the President and machine guns and vaguely threatened the President, going beyond insults and treading the line towards violence and revolution.
Oh, but wait! Nugent was actually already invited, in 2013, by Rep. Stockman, who thought he was the perfect guest to bring on a night that the President invited a number of victims of gun violence to the event. Luckily, Nugent sat quietly through the speech.
On further reflection, perhaps Rep. Stockman should be uninvited from the address, too.
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