A Republican congressman from Louisiana unloaded on radical Islamic terrorists on his Facebook page Sunday, calling for all of them to be wiped from the face of the earth.
In a statement that attracted over 3k reactions and over a thousand comments, Rep. Clay Higgins wrote:
"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."
Higgins, a former police chief, is locally known as "Cajun John Wayne," and formerly hosted crime shows where he referred to alleged criminals as "heathens," "thugs" and "animals."
When Higgins left law enforcement, he cited Jesus as the reason.
"I begin each day on bended knee, but I kneel to our savior,” Higgins said in 2016 when announcing his resignation from the police force. “I will not kneel to violent street gangs, I will not kneel to murderers or the parents who raised them. I will not kneel to a discredited wannabe black activist that doesn’t really have the best interest of his people in mind. I will not kneel to bureaucrats from Washington, Baton Rouge or anywhere else. I would die rather than sacrifice my principles. If I would sacrifice my life for my principles, surely you understand I must sacrifice my job."
In an updated statement provided to Baton Rouge's The Advocate, Higgins detailed precisely what he meant by "kill them all" and did not back down from his original comments.
"We are a world at war," he said. "The enemy is radicalized Islamic jihadists. The terrorists certainly take advantage of the politically correct madness that consumes the West."
Continuing that many of those in the western world are "frightened to speak freely," Higgins added that he's never been politically correct and that he calls "things the way I see them."
"The meaning of candid speech is frequently mischaracterized or misunderstood," he noted. "This is about prioritizing national security and protecting American lives. Every measure must be taken to eliminate radical Islamic terrorism and the threat it poses to the free world. My only concern is protecting the people that live in my district, my state, and my country. We must stand strong against radical Islamic terror. The fate of the free world will be determined by the courageous, not by the intimidated."