August 12th, 2010
11:34 PM ET

Updated: Rep. Gohmert on 'terror babies' conspiracy

Editor's Note: Here is the Washington Post article Rep. Gohmert references. Note there is NO reference to "Terror Babies"

Here is the clip where Anderson talks about the Washington Post article on AC360°

Filed under: 360° Radar • Anderson Cooper • Immigration
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Lance

    Anderson you just said everyone wants to protect America but who is going to do it .... Should we wait again until thousands die ? Will that be enough evidence for you us to believe theory \ truth? I feel we should listen to anyone's thoughts, whether they come yelling or whispering these thoughts .. Democrats Republicans or any race we are America and homeland should be our number 1 priority....

    August 13, 2010 at 2:26 am |
  2. GiGi

    I can't believe what I just saw. It's really sad to have high-ranking Republicans blatantly spreading lies to incite fear and hate. Good job catching them at it. They need to get some better, more principled politicians in their party if they are ever going to get better.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:24 am |
  3. Jonathan Richmond

    The scariest thing about Rep. Gohmert is the fact that he is an elected official.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:23 am |
  4. ernie

    This guy is crazy ., just another scare tactic used to try and control the people. also he's from a neighboring states in the south west like Arizona trying to make similiar laws about babies born in U.S by parents who arent citizens.. This is how our country started .. the 'melting pot' remember ..

    August 13, 2010 at 2:23 am |
  5. John G.

    This congressman seems a little kooky to me... I could see the "terror baby" thing actually happening because America does acknowledge a baby born in the U.S as American...but this guy just seems crazy! Are there any politicians left that are actual human beings??

    August 13, 2010 at 2:23 am |
  6. jane from new jersey

    I think he's right 100%

    August 13, 2010 at 2:21 am |
  7. Chris

    This guy is just simply crazy, there is more proof of bigfoot then what he is talking about.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:20 am |
  8. Jeremiah

    Who is Rep. Louis Gohmert? I can't believe a former judge would fail to recognize the need to provide something as important as evidence to back up his stories! When did asking clarifying questions become a way to attack a person? His incompetency infuriates me and has reaffirmed my belief in the need for new leadership...

    August 13, 2010 at 2:20 am |
  9. Leonila Espinoza

    Rep. Gohmert is just trying to get his 15 minutes of fame, as an ex judge, he should know better that an argument is won with evidence which he has provided none. Terrorist don't have to wait years for an attack, he needs to retire and move on.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:20 am |
  10. Chase

    Clearly he had no evidence to prove his case. I have to say im a little in awe because this man is a former jude. Makes me wonder how he ran his courtroom. I applaud you Anderson, keep going after the facts. He spent more time screaming than trying to present facts.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:19 am |
  11. Don Chambers

    That was embarrassing. Is it really this hard to come up with evidence to back up your claims? wow.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  12. michael


    You should have ended the interview about 1 minute in, after Gohmert had already repeated himself 5 times.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  13. Nancy Lund

    Anderson, Why did you give this yahoo so much air time?

    August 13, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  14. Joshua D

    Mr. Cooper, I saw what you did to Rep. Gohmert. I just want to say that you are now my idol, and a huge badass. I probably respect you more than any other person in news.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  15. jim mcneil

    Anderson, connect the dots.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  16. John

    wow..... nicely handled Anderson!

    August 13, 2010 at 2:16 am |
  17. David

    I agree with the gentleman.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:15 am |
  18. seth sheppard

    I read the comments of the people who think the baby theory is a joke. If they lived close to the Mexican border they would have a different opinion. Mexico have been invading us for at least 20 yrs. I know you won't post any opinion that does not agree with your point of view.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:13 am |
  19. SC

    Good job with this guy, Anderson and CNN. This kind of ignorance and disinformation needs to be denounced.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:41 am |
  20. mel

    this congressman is asked numerous times to present his evidence and it seems he has not even a shred of evidence...its almost as if he wants there to be terror babies the way he went on yelling

    August 13, 2010 at 1:37 am |
  21. Bianca

    What an idiot! Where were his PR people? He looked and acted like a man that wasn't right mentally or was on drugs. How can this man be allowed to go on television and just yell and rage about nothing?

    August 13, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  22. sheila

    Gohmert frothing at the mouth with hate was a total insult I would have wanted to deck him .How did Anderson keep his cool.The man is a complete lunatic.Next time turn off his voice and lets just hear Anderson talk.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:35 am |
  23. Wes

    Good job Anderson for listening during that whole ordeal. That is riduclus that he came onto the show yelled and did not let you talk and presented no evidence nor tried to prove anything he repeated himself. That's embarrassing that he is a reprentive of Texas :s..... Koodos to you Anderson!

    August 13, 2010 at 1:34 am |
  24. Darin McClary

    Anderson, you have to be skeptical of anyone who is unwilling to offer evidence to support a theory. A person who is angered by the request of evidence in order to validate said theory is another situation in and of itself. This behavior and blatant disregard for truth coming from a United States Congressman is simply totally unacceptable.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  25. Fareeza Khan

    wow... really .... you are great ..asking real question that we want answers to and getting crap!!!!

    August 13, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  26. Rocker

    I think he does have a point. Although he did not support evidence. When it comes to a threat, do you need evidence to be cautious? It's kinda hard to wait until something happens in order to get evidence because then our country is already breached. He did have a bit of a hot head though haha

    August 13, 2010 at 1:32 am |
  27. Seth

    after watching the interview Anderson i got to be honest and agree with you. i think its a shame that someone in his position didn't really bother to do his homework and presented something in front of the house without possessing or presenting any real fact on the matter. But what can you do except ask more questions that you wont get the answer to.(big surprise huh!). Anyways you do a great job at stirring the pot and look forward to seeing more from you.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  28. Kathy Murray

    I just watched this guy on your show. Any credibility or information he was trying to convey was completely lost by insensitive, defensive behavior. Who knows what he said? His message was completely lost by his manic behavior. I am shocked he was a judge (according to what he said) Based on his irrational behavior his cases should be reviewed. He behaved like a lunatic. I am embarrassed he is in Texas as I am too.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  29. aws

    im a muslim arabic from iraq, i felt offended with this myth that brought by this man .i worked with us army in iraq as an interpreter 4 five years while that gentleman was sitting in his office .im now living in the us as a refugee and my wife is pregnant so what he thinks about that? im now practicing ramadan and i can c that us people r very civilized about islam and muslims. i suggest 2 send this gentleman 2 iraq 2 c what is war r

    August 13, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  30. Reza

    You were amazing AC. I think if all of us think the same like you do we would not have all of these issues today. Great job. I am proud of you AC.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  31. seth sheppard

    I believe that he is correct. The terrorist take there time to do everything. They have been coming here since the 70's. If you were in Texas you would see how illegals come here and have their babies and we pay to have them delivered. You can go to any free clinic and find teen age girls that are pregnant and already have 1 or 2 children. They are all legal but there parents are illegal and have been here 18 or 20 years and can't speak english.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  32. christopher sprue

    I think ac is the best

    August 13, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  33. L. Mira

    Rep. Gohmert has really gotten me scared concerning this "Terror Baby" plot!! Really scared !!

    Does he actually think he can just get up and pull out a charge from thin air without offering any evidence, proof or verification and actually ask to be taken seriously?

    The answer sadly is yes he really does and sadly we got a lot of people and news sources here in the USA that are willing to believe anything just because someone said its so.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:25 am |
  34. David

    Anderson, great topic of discussion and excellent job in trying to get Rep. Gohmert to expose his source, but keep in mind, the FBI would never release a statement admitting to this phenomena unless the 14th amendment was amendented; due to the fact that the FBI admitting to it would advertise the baby tourism (and possible future baby terrorist "time bomb" tourism) on a worldwide advertising level. But great job in presenting this seemingly factual topic and highly possible topic considering decades ahead.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:25 am |
  35. Aaron

    Gomert is a real nut job. He should be looking for Elvis.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:24 am |
  36. J

    This man is a judge? Has he ever had a debate class? Does he even know how to clearly communicate a position? Does he care about credible facts to back that position? I watched this video with my jaw dropped. It felt like reality TV, not the news.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:24 am |
  37. Cynthia

    What a masterful display of patience, AC. I am very distressed and stressed that a Congressman feels justified in relaying such a notion to the House and the American public that "terror babies" are out there to destroy us in twenty years.. Is this comparable to yelling fire in a crowded theater and panic America? Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation propogated by Republicans in positions of power that they will, in effect, hang themselves with the intelligent population of voters, Republican and Democrat.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:23 am |
  38. Dan Castro

    I'm from Texas and totally ashamed and disgusted with rednecks like Rep, Gohmert. He came across as ignorant as Sarah Palin with her 'death panel' remarks a few months ago. Be careful with these type of idiots and their extreme right wing viewpoints. Anderson Cooper made him look like an idiot racist that he no doubt is. Must be a rep. from East Texas.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:23 am |
  39. Nia B

    i just watched this thing, and it just made me respect you more Anderson. i love how you always try to find the TRUTH and don't believe all the bs that these politicians try to put out there... What thy are doing is making more and more people hate Americans

    August 13, 2010 at 1:23 am |
  40. Bryan

    Nice job Anderson. This guy is mentally ill.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  41. Jose

    The interview with the Texas republican was slightly disappointing. Although I may believe in presented conspiracy theory, he did fail to produce any credible factual backing to his point. I find it difficult to stand on one side of the isle or the other nowdays however based upon personal beliefs I feel terorism is a very personal threat to all americans regardless of skin color, religion or political beliefs. The great american experiment is an amazing gift that far to many for granted. Our soldiers, however failed in their attempts, do fight for our freedom everyday so you and I have our abilities to live by our first amendment right to freedom of speech. I feel that your show is extremely tilted toward a political ideology that produces a viewer dependent upon government for all the all the answers instead of relying upon one's self–that is the problem with todays , america a sense of entitlement and an under appreciation for what our brave soldiers once fought for.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  42. Bryan

    Good job Anderson. Im so sick of politicians trying to scare America. Thank You for standing up and debunking this crap. Keep up the good luck.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  43. marjorie whitaker

    there is thousands of american women married to moslems. some maybe divorced now but have children. those children can enter usa anytime they choose .how dumb of riddle and gohmert to make ignorant statements on tv in full view of people who know facts not lies.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  44. Mauna

    It is astonishing that an elected official is so ignorant that he cannot even respond properly and coherently to simple, straight forward questions. I felt bad for Anderson, he handled this interview very well, and unfortunately he had to endure a conversation with a delusional individual who somehow has any position to even be heard by anyone. Thanks Anderson for your attempt at getting evidence, but that is apparently impossible when dealing with nonsensical individuals who only wish to ignite fear out of those ignorant to believe them.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  45. Adele Nicols

    I applaude you for your professionalism Anderson. The Congressman from Texas not only continued to ignore your question, providing no evidence about "terror babies," but he just kept yelling over you and frankly showed no self control whatsoever. I was embarrassed for him. You are a credit to your profession.

    Adele Nicols

    Montpelier, Vermont

    August 13, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  46. Kevin Sanders

    Im sorry, but terrorists waiting for 20 years to train a baby with US citizenship makes absolutely no sense when its already incredibly easy to get into the country either legally or illegally any day they want. This is just another attempt by the Republicans to sabotoge the constitution along with their attack on freedom of religion ie the mosques. They are just trying to appeal their racist and God fearing base.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  47. iman al-shingieti

    thank you for exposing the dangerous and very, very scarry rantings of Rep. Gohmert. And what even more scarry are all those Gohmert influences and represents.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  48. Tricia Taylor

    You are a true pro, AC. Every time I watch you, I'm more impressed. You did a remarkable job handling Rep. Gohmert! You are definitely a class-act. Bravo for all the hard work you do and for the indepth, honorable reporting you present.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:20 am |
  49. Ron Adams

    Has Anderson Cooper lost it ? His interviews used to be even handed and balanced. Lately, his interview technique is to talk over the elected representatives that he interviews. I also find it hard to listen to because the volume level for Anderson is higher than for the interviewee and the clarity of the interviewee is lesser, so the "talking over" is all the viewer can hear. Bring back the balanced and even handed Andeson Cooper. Keeping them honest should apply to Anderson Cooper and CNN too

    August 13, 2010 at 1:20 am |
  50. K23

    Wow that guy needs some serious help with his paranoia.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:20 am |
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