Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA), who is running for governor, stood by silently as an attendee of the right-wing “patriots” group delivered a racist rant against illegal immigration and members of Congress who allow it, and urged that some be shot, reports Think Progress.
The news outlet reports that the incident happened during a question and answer session at the Acadiana Patriots Meeting in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday.
In audio recordings posted online by the progressive research group American Bridge 21st Century, the constituent can be heard comparing the modern invasion by undocumented immigrants to Japanese people who he claimed crossed the Rio Grande during World War II.
“This Congress and this Senate too [are] absent minded and irresponsible,” the person claimed. “I think some of these people, whoever they are… ought to be shot.”
It is unclear whether the man was calling for the assassination of lawmakers, immigrants or both.
Think Progress notes that Abraham “did nothing to challenge the call to violence in his response.”
“Let me jump in here,” the third-term Republican answered. “Many of those apprehended are not Hispanic, they are Chinese, Pakistani, Indian,” he observed. Abraham then complained that a bill that would have provided $25 billion for the wall failed when the Republicans held a majority in the last Congress due to GOP defections.
Following the 2017 violent white nationalist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, Abraham tweeted “I – like most of LA – reject violence & racism. Let’s not group ppl based on bad actions of a few. David Duke doesn’t speak for Louisiana.”