The gems that proceed from the mouth of Democratic U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson are priceless, indeed.
Known far and wide for his outlandish statements — his doozy of all time coming in 2010 when he feared the island of Guam might "tip over and capsize" due to overpopulation — the Georgia congressman reloaded during Thursday's impeachment hearing and claimed that President Donald Trump's height advantage over Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky created an "imbalance of power."
Recalling a September United Nations meeting between the pair, Johnson said he took note of Trump "holding court" with his "big chair" compared to Zelensky's "little chair" — and that the Ukrainian president was "shaking his head as if his daughter was downstairs in the basement duct-taped."
His latter statement at least drew some laughter.
"I mean, there's [an] imbalance of power in that relationship. It always has been," Johnson added. "And there's no way that the nation of Ukraine can stand up ... to the power of the United States of America. And President Trump used that unequal bargaining position."
Hank "Guam might tip over" Johnson wants to impeach Trump because he is tall youtu.be
How did the White House react?
Upon hearing about Johnson's statements, the White House sarcastically tweeted, "JUST IN: Democrats want to impeach the President for [checks notes] being too tall."
Oh, and check out the photo of Trump and Zelensky meeting at the UN and the obvious, er, disparity between their chair sizes:
Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images
What else has Johnson uttered?
Johnson, as we've noted, is known for other oddball — and some rather disturbing — declarations:
- In January, he spoke of similarities between Trump and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
- In 2016, Johnson compared Jewish Israeli settlers to "termites" while speaking at an event sponsored by a organization that supports the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.
- In 2014, Johnson said then-President Barack Obama's plan to give legal status to millions of illegal immigrants would go down in history as on par with President Abraham Lincoln ending slavery.
- In 2012, he delivered a five-minute apology on the House floor for saying the word "midget" in a speech — and compared it to the "N-word" and vowed to never use it again.
(H/T: Red State)