A freshman lawmaker reacted to the attacks in London over the weekend with a threatening social media post, calling for violence against Muslims.
The comments were made on a verified Facebook page belonging to Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.). The congressman called for hunting down and killing all “radicalized Islamic suspects.”
“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror,” Higgins wrote. “Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter,” he added, saying, “every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down.”
“Hunt them, identity them (sic), and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all,” the congressman went on, later referring to suspects as “heathen animals.”
Alongside the message was a photo of officers taking down one of the suspects in Saturday night’s assault on the London Bridge, which killed seven people and injured nearly 50. Police shot and killed all three attackers, who were wearing fake suicide bomb vests.
Higgins was a former police captain in Louisiana before being elected to Congress in 2016. A representative from Higgins’ office told The Sentinel that the verified Facebook page, which is frequently updated, belongs to the campaign. The post was flagged on Twitter by journalist Parker Molloy.
The campaign has so far not confirmed if the Congressman wrote the post himself, but it was signed, “Captain Clay Higgins.”
Last month, the same verified Facebook page posted a video featuring Higgins firing an assault rifle.
“On Election Day, I’m asking you to rise up and send a strong message to the socialists,” Higgins says in the video, wearing sleeveless SWAT team Kevlar.
“Tell the world that we’re Americans,” he added. “We’d rather die on our feet, than live on our knees.”