Flashback: Congressman afraid island will capsize

Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia, who said yesterday that Jewish 'settlers' are like 'termites', has a history of curious statements.

Shai Landesman ,

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Hank Johnson is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district, and has served in that capacity continually since 2007. He is a member of the Democrat party.

Congressman Johnson spoke at an event organized by an anti-Israel group last night (Monday), and took the opportunity to compare Jews going to live in Judea and Samaria to termites, in the sense that they supposedly "eat up" Palestinian homes.

Though Representative Johnson, Democrat of Georgia's 4th congressional district, later apologized for the comments, the vitriol with which he made them and the anti-Semitic undertones remain.

This is certainly not the first time that Representative Johnson has made headlines with interesting comments.

In a House Armed Services Committee hearing in 2010 discussing the possibility of expanding the US military presence on the Pacific island of Guam, Johnson had some questions for Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

After a lengthy preamble establishing the elusive fact that Guam is, indeed, a small island, Representative Johnson, Democrat, of the 4th congressional district of Georgia, uttered the following sentence:

"My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and uh... capsize."

Admiral Willard's performance at this moment can only be described as sublimely professional. After only the smallest of awkward pauses, Willard directly addressed Johnson's heartfelt concern: "We don't anticipate that."

Only the faintest of smirks is visible on Admiral Willard's face.

Perhaps the words of Representative Johnson, Democrat, of Georgia's 4th congressional district, should not be taken overly seriously. The unfortunate thing is that the people of the repeatedly aforementioned district take him seriously enough to continually elect him to Congress.



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