Texas Republican state legislator Rep. Debbie Riddle was not prepared for Anderson Cooper Tuesday night.
Riddle appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" to discuss the threat of "terror babies" — a supposed threat in which terrorist organizations send pregnant women to the United States to have their children, who would be US citizens but trained and raised abroad to be terrorists and could enter and leave the US without raising suspicion.
Anderson Cooper gets the big bucks because he doesn't break out laughing and asks Riddle for her evidence. My favorite part is probably when Riddle says this:
Actually, when your folks called me in the preliminary, that was part of the conversation. They did not tell me that you were going to grill me for this specific information that I was not ready to give to you tonight. They did not tell me that, sir.
In other words, It's terribly uncivil of you to challenge any of my unsupported, batshit crazy claims..
My second favorite part is when Cooper asks her why current FBI agents aren’t concerned about this Terror Babies plot. Riddle leaps on this, not as reason to doubt her paranoid fantasy scare tales, but as further reason why we should all be trembling. Your modern GOP, ladies and gentlemen.
This doesn't seem like it's just an act. Riddle might be a bit nuttier – or a bit more open about it – than some of her fellow right-wingers, but not by that much. If you've caught any of ridiculous furor on the "Ground Zero Mosque," you know what I'm talking about.
Riddle's statements about her secret information remind me of claims about 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the Department of Defense and the like. They also remind me of this video, which serves as a rebuttal, of sorts (NSFW):