Louie Gohmert explains why his infamous asparagus comment was actually not a mistake

After a tense exchange with Attorney General Eric Holder at Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing ended with the Attorney General hurling what he believed to be a year-old insult at Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Gohmert joined Glenn on radio this morning to explain why he might actually get the last laugh.

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“Let me go to Louie Gohmert, the great congressman from the great state of Texas. Louie, tell us the background of what Eric Holder said to you at the end of your exchange yesterday. This is one of the most insetting conversations I have ever heard come from a personal in the administration,” Glenn said. “He says, ‘Good luck with your asparagus.’ We had to look this up from a year ago, Louie. What is it?”

To recap: Last May, Holder and Gohmert got into a heated back-and-forth about whether the United States government could have done more to prevent the Boston Marathon bombings. The exchange ended with the Congressman declaring: “The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus!”

Fast-forward to yesterday’s hearing, and Rep. Gohmert and the Attorney General were once again in a tense debate – this time over whether or not the Department of Justice has ignored requests to turn over certain documents to congressional investigators. After Rep. Gohmert’s time expired, the Attorney General went for the jugular with a juvenile ‘dis’ he had apparently been holding onto for nearly a year.

“Good luck with your asparagus,” Holder said smugly.

Rep. Gohmert’s “the attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus” comment was widely considered a bungle at the time, but, as it turns out, he used the phrase intentionally.

“[Holder and I] had a very heated exchange last year… There’s a writer with TheBlaze that said I bungled the line – obviously he have didn’t understand – but Percy Foreman was a very, very liberal criminal defense attorney. He was incredible in the courtroom, and when somebody started attacking his integrity, he stood up and said, ‘I object. He’s casting aspersions on my asparagus.’ And people would scratch their heads, but it brought down the level of the rancor,” Rep. Gohmert explained. “So I was using a Percy Foreman line from criminal trials back probably 50 years ago.”

The reference obviously eluded just about everyone. But as Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed, the context Rep. Gohmert provided makes the Attorney General’s flippant remark yesterday that much more offensive.

“That makes it even worse,” Pat said.

“For him to come back and say, ‘How’s your asparagus,’ shows that this guy has held that for a year,” Glenn said. “I heard this exchange, and the vitriol and the hanging on to something for a year – this is a very dangerous man with this kind of power. He’s a very dangerous man.”

Ultimately, Rep. Gohmert made it clear he is much more concerned with providing some kind of check to the out-of-control power this Administration has attempted to wield than what people think of his comments from a year ago.

“Look what they have done to people who have had the nerve to disagree with them. Other people say, ‘Man, Louie, you’re kind of crazy to take on the attorney general,’” he explained. “But good grief! Somebody has got to have the executive branch – particularly the Department of Justice – held accountable. And, under the constitution, that is our job.”

“I have tremendous respect for you, and I know you stay close to the lord. Keep doing it. Let Him be your sword and your shield. They are bigger enemies of his,” Glenn concluded. “I will have that story corrected on TheBlaze right away.”

  • ISawTheLight

    The tyrants face is red thank you Mr.Gohmert .
    Be strong America God Bless you all.

    • Anonymous

      Holder is not capable of understanding rhetoric such as Rep. Gohmert is and has used. He would not be able to understand had he actually read of the root of the idiom – and that’s because his arrogance is in his way. Something very bad is brewing in America people and the solution needs to start with Holder!! Together, lets take America back and rid ourselves of the vermin.

      • ISawTheLight

        You are absolutely correct , the problem is much deeper than most even know and I fear my friend that is where they got us .
        I am afraid that when the bad that is brewing boils over, there are so many people with there heads buried in the sand .
        All we will get is more confusion.
        They are bending arms ,very soon the breaking of those very arms will begin . Bless you

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  • Carol Bernard


    ✒✒✒ �✒✒✒ ✒✒✒ ✒✒�✒ ✒✒✒the Attorney General went for the jugular with a juvenile ‘dis’ he had apparently been holding onto for nearly a year.

  • fabdoire

    Haven’t you heard? holdem and little o think it’s the department of “just us” and they are acting accordingly.

  • Anonymous

    Lib humor is strained and directed only to demean…..

  • Anonymous

    Holdup is the most disrespectful, arrogant jackass that has dishonored that office. Apparently he has no idea of the chain of command in the governmet. He does know exactly how the Obama regime pecking order works, that MOS is like the mobs in Chicago.
    He almost makes Castro and Chavez look respectful.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting reference. Chavez said Castro was to the _right_ of Obama.

  • Bob Williams

    Hmmm? Maybe talking to asparagus is more beneficial than talking to Eric “Stedman” Holder. Famous Stedman quote – “Laws? I don’t have to enforce any steenkin’ laws!”

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor

    But yet liberals never seem to have the sense of humor to get it was a joke.

    • btp248 .

      Having watched the footage he didn’t seem to be making a joke. He was upset and talking over others. Not really the set up for a joke. Maybe it was just ill timed…

  • Dennis Lane Rijkstra

    I’ve heard patients with Asperger’s syndrome referred to as asparagus by their caregivers.

  • Anonymous

    This Eric Holder guy is corrupt to the core and rancourous even more to have withheld the asparagus comment for a whole year. How much more paltry and miserly can you get?

  • Anonymous

    Does amyone remember on the last day of the Clinton presidency how he gave pardens to a billionaire who was living in Europe because he embezzeled a vast amount of money….come to find out it was Holder who pushed for this….I am sure somone will remember the details better than I …..there was a big stink about it ……amazing how many who were in the Clinton administration are know or have been working in the Obama administration..Pinetta tc….

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the back-story on Gohmert’s asparagus remark. Quite obvious Holder hasn’t been around long enough to recognize the Percy Foreman quote or to understand its implied meaning. Gohmert has a Constitutional responsibility to provide oversight and is doing his job. Holder evidently has “contempt” for the Constitution he has sworn to uphold, for the Congress and for the Rule of Law. Put in simple terms, Obama’s attorney General is a lawless ideologue, a true-Blue political bully. Holder is a disgrace to our Nation!

  • Warren Wilson

    Holder is a traitor and should be learning the word of asparagus in prison.
    I’m being generous. Washington would have just shot him.

  • Anonymous

    Holder is as corrupt as they come… the man should be in jail on any number of charges.

    Not only has he evaded questions consistently, attempted to deflect questions put to him, denied any involvement for programs and actions that were his direct responsibility, looked to Obama for executive privilege, refused to turn over documents to congress, and so on, but he has ignored the contempt of congress charge, and now, a year after a previous hearing is spewing the vitriol he has held ever since that hearing all over a congressman who has every right to question him and ask him to behave in a just and legal manner.

    Yeah, this has gone on just about long enough, and Holder has shown himself to be well out of bounds and far beyond contempt.

    Millions of Americans would cheer and have a reason to party and celebrate if Holder were brought up on charges, found guilty, and sent to prison for a lengthy stay. Just as they would if the same were to happen to Obama, the imposter-in-cheif who thinks himself a King, entitled to blow the taxpayers money, our money, in any frivolous way he wants by the millions at a time, and to change laws on a whim as it pleases him on any given day.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you all think it is time we went to Washington DC to Ask for the removal of Holder from office. By the tens of thousands. We need to be uniting in our fight with this administration.

  • Anonymous

    The word is rancor or rancour, but not ranker.

  • TINK

    Quite simple really— after hurricane Sandy when Christie and Obama were standing there together. Glenn put photos of the Veggie Tale characters ‘Tomato” next to Christie and “Asparagus” next to Obama. Obviously the “thick skin” administration saw this comparison, so Holder took it a bit personal when Gohmert made his remark pertaining to Asparagus. Which make it even funnier now that it is clear what Gohmert was actually saying.

    • btp248 .

      Yes because I’m sure the Attorney General has nothing better to do than cruise Glenn Beck’s cleverly altered photos for things to get offended over. C’mon now.

  • Oatie

    Imagine if we had a Speaker of the House who had a pair? The important check and balance role of that institution would perhaps finally function as intended by our founders. Time to move Boehner on NOW…not wait until after the Fall election. I’d like to see someone like Gowdy in there….

  • Wisdom Seeker

    Holder is the “hit man” in Obama’s regime; who helps to deflect attention away from the source. The face of Holder reveals the soul of Obama.

  • John Beam

    The utter disdain that Holder had towards anyone in government who doesn’t have a “D” next to their names is palpable. It’s the same disdain that Obama has towards anyone who doesn’t regard him as an all-powerful potentate.

  • texastruthtweet

    Am I the only one who has had enough of these thugs? Please, Congress, do the right thing, and throw the bums out before it’s too late!

  • Anonymous

    Holder… petty, childish, school yard bully, thug and instigator of riots during his college days. What a great example of what a man shouldn’t be. He is scum of the earth. He is after all, a lawyer.

  • Wilford Cruz

    Louie cross the line that the Democrats have drawn…test them like Putin does with Obama…Obama is spineless…his administration is running over him and the country…

  • Anonymous

    @holedr is one of the BIGGEST p o s walking the face of the earth and the gutless rino boehner needs to GO!

  • The Truth


    He needs to have his Butt – KICKED !…..PERIOD !

    ….and then IMPRISONED for…… Crimes against the American people.

  • Anonymous

    Do you get the feeling that Mr. Gohmert is dealing more with the Chicago Mafia than the head of the DOJ?

  • Anonymous

    This Administration is holding Our Government and Country Hostage.
    Obama and Holder should be an Embarrassment to their race.
    They believe they are above the law.
    Their Corruptive Government is an unfavorable reflection of the black community, because they have used the black community to gain their power.
    They have created more division in this country, especially between the different ethnic groups, than to unify.
    If we don’t defeat The Democratic Party in 2014 and 2016, our country is lost forever.

  • Anna Fata

    holder not only need to be fired he should be in jail

  • Anonymous

    really. “Brought down the level of the ranker”? Even your asinine writers don’t understand wft he is saying. Try rancor, mental giants.

  • Steelyal

    Obama/Holder/Pelosi are running out of lies. They are boxed in along with Reid. Get those handcuffs ready.

  • Robert L. Rice

    YEP.dont cast aspersions on Mr Gohmerts Asparagus (and I don’t even like asparagus, bite holder like a pit bull,keep casting aspersions on holder,you got him running,keep him going…

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time in our history that we have had a “foreign”, yes you heard me a foreign government with all of it’s thuggery and unlimited financial backing. in chage of the United States of America. The Republicans are being criticized constantly for not being stronger. Most do not realize that the Conservatives only control the House, and with Reid in the Senate everything they initiate that has to go through the Senate just stops cold. Reid and Obama make up 2/3rd of the trifecta of our government and we have most Republicans really trying, but have not the backing of the media, the Blacks, the Hispanics, the low information voters, the young and those who are receiving welfare and food stamps along with free phones and money for voting for the Liberals. We also have to recognize that Obama uses the media on a daily basis to bash the Republicans and many only listen to him and take his word as gospel. Our Republican Representatives have a really, really tough time with Obama and all of his thugs in charge, and should be commended for standing in there and trying to fight back. Louie Gohmert and others should be encouraged to keep going after the likes of Holder and the rest of the “new” criminal Liars Party.

  • Anonymous

    Ahh, so now they fixed the typo with no mention of altering the text. Nice journalistic integrity Beck

  • Anonymous

    These youngsters don’t know what they don’t know… and that is why they do not and can not learn. Holder’s arrogance shows his ignorance.
    Ever notice how we constantly have to explain things to these boobs?

  • Anonymous

    Amazing. I point out that the author of this story (no by line, huh?) transcribes Gohmert’s remarks as “brought down the level of the ranker” instead of “rancor” – and you go back and change the text in the article without admitting you changed it and you delete my comment? Nice journalistic integrity. But that’s how you do things in GOP land. Typical.

    • Freedom Fries

      Please stop casting aspersions on their asparaguses!!

  • new2la

    I don’t recall hearing any heated exchanges between Holder and Issa. In fact, Holder seemed like he was biting his tongue when speaking with Issa…..why is he so disrespectful to Rep. Gohmert? It’s obvious holder doesn’t like him.
    My question then is, why doesn’t he also dislike Darryl Issa? Is it because he’s Lebanese ? I wonder.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    Holder is a tyrant that uses race to protect him at all times, he is a punk who would never take Gohmert on in a charity boxing match, too much of a coward

  • Leo Smith

    Where are all the old Southern guys we used to count on here? Back in the day, Jesse Helms, Lester Maddox and George Wallace weren’t afraid to call a spade a spade. At least we had Jimmy Knotts, but nowadays we have to put up with the politically correct types – Haley Barbour, Jimmy Hart, Ted Cruz, etc. The CCC is not the KKK. Someone please stand up and tell them that they don’t belong in, and are not welcome in, the White House, nor in the halls of Congress.

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  • Freedom Fries

    Louie Gohmert is a disgrace to Asparagus!!!

  • btp248 .

    Yes because that is such a well known, well circulated idiom. My attempt to research the validity of his story proved fruitless. I think they both behaved childishly in all honesty. That was not the place to air their personal issues.

  • http://bitcoingambling.pen.io/ lilly

    Eric Holder has been a great attorney general, and the way he makes you people lose your minds is the icing on the proverbial cake.

  • Moomoofish

    I just saw this for the first time and was trying to figure out what he meant. It was one of the funniest exchanges I’ve seen in politics. “Cast aspersions on my asparagus.” These are the people the right elects. My god.

  • J. Mark Soveign

    This, by NO means makes the story any better.

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