Debating Hate Crimes, Gohmert Rambles On About Bestiality, Sex With Corpses, Voting For A Black Man

October 7, 2009 2:24 p.m.
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See it to believe it – here’s Rep. Louie Gohmert, on the House floor yesterday, offering his assessment of the “wide open” definition of sexual orientation.

Gohmert (R-TX) rambles about being “oriented toward animals, bestiality” … “oriented toward corpses, toward children.”

“There are all kinds of perversions, what most of us would call perversions, some would say it sounds like fun, but most of us would say were perversions and there have been laws against them,” said Gohmert, last known for holding the “What bill” sign during President Obama’s September speech to a joint session of Congress.

This was during a debate that started about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and then veered into a debate on hate crimes.

Watch our clip to the end, when Gohmert talks about racism and tells his colleagues he voted for Alan Keyes.

DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan quipped, “It looks like Rick Santorum just picked up his first endorsement of 2012.”

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