Louie Gohmert Slams Google for Making the SPLC a 'Trusted Flagger' on YouTube
On Tuesday, multiple Republican congressmen ripped into Google for listing the far-Left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a "trusted flagger" on its platform YouTube. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) ripped into Google CEO Sundar Pichai for trusting an organization that brands conservative and Christian groups "hate groups" along with the Ku Klux Klan.
"You have a trusted flagger, you had indicated, called the Southern Poverty Law Center," Gohmert told Pichai. "The Southern Poverty Law Center really has stirred up more hate than about any other group I know."
Gohmert referenced the 2012 terrorist attack against the Family Research Council (FRC), in which a man used the SPLC's "hate map" to target the FRC's office in Washington, D.C. He showed up with semi-automatic weapons and a bag of Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches to kill everyone in the building and place a sandwich by their heads.
The SPLC "stirred up one guy to the point that he went to the Family Research Council and I know those people," the congressman said. "And they're Christians. And they believe — and I believe — that Christianity is really more based on love than about any other religion in history. God so loved the world, He sent His Son, His Son so loved the world, He gave His life."
"Yet [the SPLC] stirred up hate against the Family Research Center [sic] and a guy goes in shooting," Gohmert added.
The congressman also referenced the case of Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim reformer the SPLC falsely branded an "anti-Islamic extremist." The SPLC settled a defamation lawsuit from Nawaz, paying him and his Quilliam Foundation $3.375 million.
"Now, you consider them a trusted flagger, yet they keep creating problems for people that are not haters," Gohmert said. "They had to pay out $3.375 million. My problem is, when you put your moniker on them of trusted flagger, why aren't you paying $3.375 to Mr. Maajid Nawaz? That's my problem."
"You trust people that have stirred up a lot of hate," the congressman alleged.
He further argued that Google's leadership is blind to its own liberal bias. "You're so surrounded by liberality that hates conservatism, hates people that really love our Constitution and the freedom it's afforded people like you, that you don't even recognize it," Gohmert said. "It's like a blind man not even knowing what light looks like, because you're surrounded by darkness."
The congressman concluded by referencing a video of Google's leadership lamenting Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election. "Your cofounder, Mr. [Sergey Mikhaylovich] Brin said, quote, 'Most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.' A lot of us have seen the video. We saw how upset the top people at Google were."