The Daily Beast reports:
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) kicked off Thursday’s House hearing on violence and discrimination against Asian-Americans by railing against the Chinese Communist Party and extolling lynchings, saying he takes “justice very seriously.”
“The case we are talking about here the tragedy we just saw occur in Atlanta, Georgia,” Roy declared. “I would also suggest that the victims of cartels moving illegal aliens deserve justice. The American citizens in south Texas, they are getting absolutely decimated by what’s happening at the southern border deserve justice.”
And then came an admiring reference to lynchings, a violent and public form of vigilante action that most often targeted people of color: “There’s an old saying in Texas about ‘find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree.’ You know, we take justice very seriously. And we ought to do that. Round up the bad guys. That’s what we believe.”
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More from Mediaite:
In a statement to Mediaite, Rep. Chip Roy stood by his comment. “Apparently some folks are freaking out that I used an old expression about finding all the rope in Texas and a tall oak tree about carrying out justice against bad guys,” he wrote in a text to Mediaite’s Sarah Rumpf.
“I meant it. We need more justice and less thought police. We need to stop evil doers – such as those who carried out the attack in Atlanta this week, or cartels abusing little children, or those who kill our cops on the streets.
“We should restore order by tamping out evil actors… not turn America into an authoritarian state like the Chinese Communists who seek to destroy us. No apologies.”
One of the worst lynching incidents in our history was perpetrated against the Chinese community of Los Angeles when some 20 people were killed and hanged by an angry white mob. This language is unacceptable, and Chip Roy is an ignorant inciter. https://t.co/6EROMC2B9G
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 18, 2021
.@RepChipRoy: “We believe in justice. There’s an old saying in Texas about you know, ‘Find all the rope in Texas and get a tall oak tree’ you know, we take justice very seriously.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 18, 2021
Chip Roy, speaking at a House hearing on *hate crimes*, wistfully recalling the old days of Texas lynchings as a great and effective from of justice. https://t.co/WwJwCeoBxB
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) March 18, 2021