Darrell Issa: Closing Gitmo Is Just Like Marching Thousands Of Native Americans To Their Deaths

Darrell Issa: Closing Gitmo Is Just Like Marching Thousands Of Native Americans To Their Deaths

Everyone’s favorite car thief turned Congressman has some deep thoughts on President Obama’s decision to finally close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay for good.

Shortly after telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he agrees with Ben Carson’s assessment that Obama isn’t really black, Issa showed up on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to weigh in on the Gitmo closing. Staying true to his overly hyperbolic and douchebaggy nature, Issa used Tuesday’s announcement to compare Obama to Andrew Jackson, saying he was doing the same thing the 19th century Democrat did to Native Americans.

Claiming that Republicans in Congress won’t be able to stop the President in the court system in a timely manner, Issa said this situation was just like when Jackson marched thousands of Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

“Our process is to go to the court. The court is likely not to rule quickly. It’s an old example, but Andy Jackson, the founder of the Democratic Party, in the Trail of Tears defied the Supreme Court and marched Native Americans to their deaths.”

Ah, gotta love how he makes sure to tie Jackson and Obama due to their being Democrats.

He then called on members of the military to defy the President as he feels this is an unlawful maneuver. (I’m sure this is called treason, but I digress.)

“Are they going to obey an unlawful order, an unlawful order to move people from Guantanamo, an unlawful order to close the base?

Remember the Trail of Tears was only possible, the murder of those Native Americans was only possible, because the military obeyed an order in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court. So do I believe that the military may push back on the President if he’s given an unlawful order? Actually, I do. I can see flag officers resigning rather than obeying a clearly unlawful order.”

Totes the same thing, Darrell. And good for you to give soldiers permission to defy the Commander-In-Chief. You’re a true patriot and American hero.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Talking Points Memo:


Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.