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Gohmert vows to 'stand firm' for wall funding

• By JOSH EDWARDS/The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert was preparing for a showdown on President Donald Trump’s border wall proposal as the House’s new Democratic majority took power Thursday.

“We’ve got to stand firm on getting money for the wall. We have got to stand firm on that. We have got to protect America,” the Republican from Tyler told conservative radio host Sebastian Gorka before the new House session began.

Congress has balked at paying billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The funding feud has led to a partial government shutdown that stretched into its 13th day Thursday. Congressional leaders are expected to meet with Trump today to try for a resolution.

Gohmert was highly critical of Republicans whose support for Trump has wavered and took to task junior Utah Sen. Mitt Romney — the GOP’s 2012 presidential candidate — over recent remarks about the president’s character and policies.

“We can’t give up hope. These clowns that think yapping and backstabbing President Trump, they’re nuts. It’s not going to help. Romney is one of those. He seems to want to make a living out of bashing Trump at every turn,” Gohmert said.

Members of the House selected Nancy Pelosi as speaker. She’s the only woman who has held the office and now one of the few elected officials who will be returning to it.

The California Democrat has spent her political career being underestimated, only to prove the naysayers wrong. In this case, it was by winning back the Democratic majority and amassing the votes for the speaker’s job.

In accepting the gavel, Pelosi will give a nod to the new era of divided government with a pledge to “reach across the aisle in this chamber and across the divisions in this great nation,” according to her prepared remarks.

“The floor of this House must be America’s Town Hall: where the people will see our debates and where their voices will be heard and affect our decisions,” she said.

Gohmert warned that Pelosi might have trouble reining in the Democrats who were joined by two new socialist-leaning House members — Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday. Congress’ last socialist member retired in 1950.

“She’s going to have her hands full. We have so many people coming in who think socialism is a good idea,” Gohmert said. “It’s unbelievable there’s that much ignorance to elect socialists. That’s how you bring down freedom.”

But it wasn’t all partisan politics for Gohmert going into the new session. He said he was throwing his support behind a Democrat Ron Kind’s campaign finance reform bill that would require identities of all political donors to be disclosed.

“The law right now is you contribute less than $200 you don’t have to report who it came from. That opens the doors to billionaires sitting there and sending $50 contributions nonstop,” Gohmert said.