"Sometimes comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence I don't feel it as being a malicious statement," McCain said on NBC News. "But yes, there's polarization here, and there's a lack of civility."
Gohmert responded Thursday, saying that McCain "would be better off with 'no intelligence.'"
"Obviously, Senator McCain would be better off with ‘no intelligence’ since he does not know the Syrian opposition he met with is infested with al-Qaeda and terrorist kidnappers," Gohmert said in a statement to the Daily Beast. "His 'intelligence' even caused him to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that burned churches and killed Christians, as the senator stood against the will of the massive majority of Egyptians including moderate Muslims, Christians, and secularists who demanded the Muslim Brotherhood extremist persecutions must end."