Newly elected Congressman, Clay Higgins (R-La.), known as the “Cajun John Wayne,” posted an inflammatory remark on Facebook Sunday.
Higgins, 55, called upon Christianity to engage in a Holy War against radicalized Muslims.
Higgins is former captain and public information officer of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office (Louisiana). In his role as PIO, he made videos for Crime Stoppers which subsequently went viral. He resigned from the post because of public outcry over a video. He’d also resigned from a law enforcement post with the Opelousas Police Department in 2007 over alleged excessive force, The Independent reported.
His recent Facebook post reads, “The free world…all of Christendom…is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
Included in the post was a photo of a British officer standing over the body of a terrorist from Saturday night’s London Bridge attack — the U.K.’s third incident in less than three months.
In Higgins’ role at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, his former boss, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, had reportedly warned him against using “divisive disrespectful or demeaning” language, Gizmodo reports. The ACLU also criticized Higgins’ use of religious terminology.
After Higgins’ departure from St. Landry Parish, a Republican campaign staffer reportedly recruited Higgins to run for office — in the Third District of Louisiana, according to The Advertiser. He came in second in the primary, but faced his opponent, Scott Angelle, in a runoff election on Dec. 10 — and won 56.1 percent of the vote.
The election, it seems, came at an opportune time for Higgins, with the election of “outsider” Donald Trump to the presidency.
Higgins is a supporter of the Trump administration and backed the president’s controversial and currently blocked travel ban.
According to Gizmodo, Higgins wore bracelets reportedly promoting his online merchandise during a mock swearing-in ceremony, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, in January.