It’s no secret that Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina is an outspoken critic of America’s Middle Eastern wars. But on Saturday, he extended beyond the geopolitical and dove into some theological territory. During a speech, the congressman shared his views regarding where he thinks former Vice President Dick Cheney will go when he dies. Hint: It’s not heaven.
During the keynote address at the Young Americans for Liberty conference in Raleigh N.C., Jones said that he believes Cheney will probably go to hell for his role in pushing for the Iraq War, WBTV-TV reports. Additionally, he noted that President Lyndon Johnson is probably already there due to involvement with the Vietnam War.
“Congress will not hold anyone to blame,” Jones said. “Lyndon Johnson’s probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War, and he probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney.”
A robust outbreak of applause followed.
See Jones’ controversial remarks, below:
WBTV-TV notes that the congressman initially voted in support of the Iraq War. He was apparently so supportive of the military operation that he pushed the term “freedom fries” as an alternative to “French fries” back in 2003. Later, he decried U.S. overseas operations, as evident from his controversial comments about Cheney.
The former vice-president obviously wasn’t the only topic of conversation for Jones. He also spoke about the Obama administration’s drone policy, which he called “unconstitutional,” among other subjects.