GOP Congressman Films Promo Inside Nazi Gas Chamber

Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins declared that America's military should be "invincible" from inside an Auschwitz gas chamber.

Clay Higgins Gas Chamber

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesRep. Clay Higgins, R-La., descends the House Steps of the Capitol after a vote on May 3, 2017.

There’s a sign at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp’s gas chambers.

“You are in a building where the SS murdered thousands of people,” the message, engraved in stone, reads. “Please maintain silence here: remember their suffering and show respect for their memory.”

Last week, Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins instead chose to make a promotional video inside the gas chambers.

“This is why Homeland Security must be squared away,” he says while standing next to Nazi ovens. “Why our military must be invincible.”

After seeing the video, Auschwitz representatives chastised the Congressman on Twitter.

“Everyone has the right to personal reflections,” they wrote. “However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage.”

The Anne Frank Center also had some harsh words for the GOP politician.

“Congressman Higgins, Auschwitz is not a television studio,” the center’s executive director, Steven Goldstein, said in a statement. “It is the site of genocide and tragedy for the Jewish people that you have disrespected. Not only must you apologize, but you must also get the sensitivity training appropriate for your continued service in the US Congress.”

Many Americans were also offended by the video:

This is not the first time that Higgins has been the subject of controversy in recent months.

After the June terrorist attacks in London, Higgins called for a Christian war against radical Islam — suggesting that Americans should hunt and kill suspects of Islamic extremism.

“The free world…all of Christendom…is at war with Islamic horror,” he wrote, adding that every suspect of radicalized Islam should not be allowed in the US. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”

A disturbing statement from someone who claims to have learned a lesson from World War II.

To his credit, Higgins does seem to have a thorough understanding of how the gas chambers operated. Unlike another Republican we know.


Next, learn about how House Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. Then, discover why the Republican Party’s founders wouldn’t recognize the GOP today.

Annie Garau
Annie is a NYC-based writer. For tips, write to [email protected]
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