Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and called Democrats idiots after Democratic Senators successfully boycotted and held up votes on two Trump nominees.
Hatch first made his comments to reporters after Democrats boycotted the Senate Finance Committee vote on Trump Treasury pick Steven Mnuchin.
Sen. Hatch said, “I think they ought to stop posturing, and acting like idiots. I’m really tired of this type of crap. I mean, my goodness, there’s no excuse for it.”
Hatch expanded on his tantrum while speaking to CNN:
Sen Hatch told CNN, “Well, they are idiots. Anybody that would do something like that. It’s a complete breach of decorum. It’s a complete breach of committee rules. It’s a complete breach of just getting along around here.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) organized the boycott and he described what Democrats want, “In a normal time, the majority party would just say ‘you should withdraw to these two,’ but they didn’t, so we are saying we don’t want this committee to vote until the public knows and we know.”
Hatch was one of the main drivers of the Republican obstruction of President Obama’s Supreme Court and judicial nominees. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, the Utah Senator thinks anyone who boycotts or obstructs the president is an idiot.
Republicans are demonstrating that they can dish it out, but they can’t take it.
Sen. Hatch’s fit is a sign that the Democratic tactics are working. Republicans expected Democrats to roll over and play dead. Instead, a vibrant opposition is using every trick in the book to wage a guerilla political campaign against this president and the Republican-controlled Congress.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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