Rep. Higgins Attacked By Congressional Squad Members

Congressman Clay Higgins (R.-LA) questioned “energy justice activist” Raya Salter, an attorney from New York during a hearing convened by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

According to Higgins’ website, the hearing had to do with the oil industry and the “climate crisis” and was staged by democrats as a way to promote their “Green New Deal” while attacking the energy industry.

When it was Higgins’ turn to question Salter, he began by asking her, “what she would do with petrochemicals products if she had control of the world.”

“What would you do with petrochemical products?” asked Higgins. He followed by stating, “Everything you have, your clothes, your glasses, the car you got here on, your phone, the table you’re sitting at, the chair, the carpet under your feet — everything you’ve got is petrochemical products.”

The question was confrontational but straightforward and was left open-ended enough to be given an answer.

Instead, Salter replied with, “You sir, from Louisiana, to search your heart and understand why the EPA knows that toxic petrochemical facilities are some of the most toxic, polluting facilities in the world and are killing Black people throughout Louisiana.” She followed by asking Higgins to, “search your heart and ask your God what you are doing to the Black and poor people in Louisiana.”

Rather than answering a simple question, Salter emotionally attacked the premise of Higgins’ question and never made a point in return. The two then proceeded to argue over each other with very little substance other than to make it clear that Higgins’ believed in the petrochemical industry while Salter wanted it disbanded.

When it was AOC’s turn to question the witness, she instead spent her time apologizing for the republicans at the hearing and by doing her best to discredit Higgins.

At one point, AOC said, “In the four years that I’ve sat on this committee, I have never seen members of Congress, Republican or Democrat, disrespect a witness in the way that I have seen them disrespect you today. For the gentleman from Louisiana and the comfort he felt in yelling at you like that, there’s more than one way to get a point across.”

She went as far as to say that Higgins was so comfortable speaking to a woman like that in public that she is afraid of what he would do in private, probably the most inappropriate thing said that day from the floor.

An article from RedState explains Salter’s credentials, or lack thereof, “The witness isn’t a scientist, she’s a lawyer. Before she was a lawyer, she was a community organizer.”