TEXAS: Armed Supporters Of GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert Accused Of Assaulting Opponent’s Campaign Manager

Tyler, Texas’s ABC News affiliate reports:

During a rally organizers said was to “protest the unconstitutional occupation of Portland,” on Sunday, Hank Gilbert’s campaign manager was allegedly assaulted by a group of counter-protesters. Gilbert, a Democrat from Tyler, is running against U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican, for the 1st Congressional District. The protest took place in Tyler’s downtown square on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Miller, the alleged victim, is Gilbert’s campaign manager.

“Miller was attacked by at least four protesters, some of whom were armed, and sustained blows to the head and other parts of his body, as well as a large gash under his eye,” a press release from the campaign stated. “The incident occurred as officers from the Tyler Police Department drove around the square idly, waving at the Blue Lives Matter counter-protesters who had come to support Gilbert’s opponent.”

The Gilmer Mirror reports:

“Louie Gohmert needs to immediately denounce the violence that occurred in his name in downtown Tyler today,” Gilbert said. “When your armed thugs are shouting your name as they beat the hell out of a 21-year-old political operative, you need to get your people under control,” Gilbert said.

“Gohmert also needs to get his disgusting rhetoric under control, because, just like Donald Trump, the vitriol that spills out of his mouth leads to violence. This time, against a 21-year-old college kid,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert also called on the Texas Rangers to immediately investigate the conduct of the Tyler Police Department in today’s matter. “This is after we were told by the city last week there would be a sufficient police presence downtown for our rally,” Gilbert continued.

According to a press release from Gibert’s campaign, the assailants chanted “Louie, Louie, Louie” during the attack. As you’ll see in the clips below, some of Gohmert’s supporters showed up in full militia drag.