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Auschwitz Officials Slam Congressman's Gas Chamber Video

Louisiana Republican Clay Higgins filmed himself from inside the former concentration camp calling for a stronger US military.

by Lauren Messman
Jul 5 2017, 4:30pm

On Tuesday, officials at the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland added one more activity to the list of things you should obviously not do while visiting the former Nazi concentration camp, slamming a US congressman for filming himself advocating for a stronger military from inside a gas chamber, USA Today reports.

The video, which was posted on Saturday, shows Louisiana Republican Clay Higgins filming himself all around the camp stressing the importance of US troops and homeland security.

"It's hard to walk away from gas chambers, ovens, without a very sober feeling of commitment, unwavering commitment, to make damn sure that the United States of America is protected from the evils of the world," Higgins says in the video.

"This is why homeland security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible," he added.

While it's not uncommon for people to share their feelings when viewing the Holocaust memorial site—or film themselves doing it—officials from the museum apparently thought the congressman took his a little too far. The Auschwitz Memorial slammed the video in a tweet on Tuesday reminding people that a former gas chamber should not be used as "a stage."

According to USA Today, Higgins's office has yet to officially respond to the reprimand, but it's not the first time the Louisiana Republican has said or done something controversial on social media without an apology. Just last month, Higgins said the US should hunt down "suspected" Islamic extremists and "kill them all" in a fiery Facebook post after a terror attack in London. His office later blamed the "leftist media" for misinterpreting the post, which is still up online.