A Republican congressman from Alabama who is also a state campaign official for Donald Trump's presidential campaign is standing by some inflammatory comments he tweeted Monday night during the first debate. A series of tweets from Rep. Ed Henry targeted Muslims as well as Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
The three-term congressman, who is co-chairman for Trump's efforts in Alabama and also served as a state delegate for Trump during this summer's Republican National Convention, took to social media to voice his outspoken opinion on the person he calls "Lying Hillary," especially as it relates to her policies surrounding the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees.
"Hillary Clinton is with the Muslim community, nationally and abroad," he tweeted less than 20 minutes into the debate Monday night. "Wait they want to kill us. ????"
The tweet had garnered 10 retweets and six likes as of Wednesday morning.
Clinton is seeking to increase the number of refugees accepted by the U.S., from the 10,000 proposed by President Barack Obama to 65,000, something Trump has sharply criticized as being a threat to national security and a burden on tax payers that would "cost $400 billion dollars in terms of lifetime welfare and entitlement costs."
Henry doubled down Tuesday on his tweets, according to local news outlet WAAY31, which asked the congressman if he had any regrets over the tweets. "No," he responded curtly.
Henry clearly agrees with Trump's assessment, but he also seems to agree with some of the personal attacks against Clinton which Trump said he exercised restraint Monday night by not bringing up her husband's personal transgressions. The congressman tweeted nearly an hour into the debate that he though the Democratic nominee's husband is "likely a rapist."
In the days leading up to the highly anticipated debate, Trump all but invited two women who are linked to the former president: Gennifer Flowers, the former president's mistress, and Paula Jones, who sued the former president for sexual assault, a case that was ultimately settled out of court.
Trump told a correspondent for CNN shortly after the debate that he was tempted to bring up the former president's "indiscretions" but didn't give in because he didn't want to offend the Clinton family.
"I'm really happy I was able to hold back on the indiscretions in respect to Bill Clinton," Trump said immediately following the debate. "Because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton."
But he left the door open for perhaps bringing up the topic in the future. ""Maybe I'll tell you at the next debate. We'll see," he said.
Henry, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, is one of the chief architects in organizing impeachment efforts against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican who has been accused by a group of state officials of "willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency and offenses of moral turpitude," AL.com reported in April.
"We're looking at this governor who has essentially betrayed the trust of the people of Alabama through actions and lies that have caused us to have some doubt about his leadership," Henry said at the time.
Specifically, Bentley's accusations stem from a scandal involving his top aide, including allegedly making inappropriate comments to her. Bentley has denied having an affair with her.