On Sunday, a Louisiana conservative called for war against radical Islamists on Facebook:
"The free world ... all of Christendom ... is at war with Islamic horror," Higgins insists. He continued, saying that the U.S. should not give money to majority-Muslim countries. Not only that, but he called for Muslims to not be able to enter the country.
"Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied," he said. "Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all."
Many reactions to the post were negative, but when Higgins spoke to the Washington Post about it, he did not realize anything was controversial. He said he met Muslims in Lousiana and "would give my last life's blood for any one of them," but that the U.S. still faces a "threat."
One reason he was compelled to post was the terror attack in Manchester that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.
"I think I'm well-documented as being a compassionate, loving human being," he told the Washington Post. "But I got no love for people who blow up children at a concert. What kind of a man would strap a bomb to his chest and blow up children?"
The Louisiana Democratic Party shared a statement on Twitter on Monday in response, citing Bible verse 2 Timothy 1:7:
— Louisiana Democrats (@LaDemos) June 5, 2017
"We need levelheaded, steadfast leadership to guide and protect us," they said, "not hot-headed vitriolic language that terrorists aim to provoke."
See the timeline of the Manchester attack