Senate showboating

January 17, 2018

Under intense questioning by Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Blumenthal, a frustrated Secretary of Homeland Defense Kirstjen Nielsen testified under oath that she never heard President Trump use that offensive term for substandard countries that he’s accused of saying at a meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss DACA (and that was printed on a large sign, helpfully held up for the TV cameras by a Leahy staffer sitting right behind him). She did confirm that a lot of people at that meeting were talking at once and a lot of cuss words were being thrown around, so it’s impossible to say for sure who said what.

Okay, now that I’ve reported the part of the hearing that was considered big news by the media, I’ll tell you the real news that they missed. The head of Homeland Security came to the Senate to discuss serious threats to the nation posed by lax border enforcement, and major leaders of the party that wants to be put back in charge of national security seemed completely uninterested in asking her about national security. Instead, they wasted the committee's time by repeatedly grilling her about whether Trump said a poopy word in a closed-door meeting so they could use it to play the politics of racial division. Sen. Cory Booker even declared that he'd cried "tears of rage" upon hearing the story and yelled at Secretary Nielsen because she didn't seem as emotionally out-of-control over it as he was and refused to confirm hearing what she'd already said she didn't hear.

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  • Gregg Lindquist

    01/18/2018 11:52 AM

    Booker would make a better football coach than a politician.

  • Jessica Biddle

    01/17/2018 05:59 PM

    He wasted our taxpayer money. You say you are for the people. Then get to work. You had one job to do and that was to hear from the DHS about boarder security and He could not even get that right. Show boating much!!!! His he looking to get in the media because if he was he sure got there attention. Don't take up someone else's offence. It leads to bitterness and bitterness leads to hate.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    01/17/2018 04:42 PM

    Once again the Democrats miss the forest for the trees. The outrage displayed by Democrats and the MSM over an uncorroborated allegation of something the President may or may not have said is insane. I watched Chris Cuomo turn himself into a pretzel with the intense effort he exhibited explaining the deeper meaning of such a statement, and prognosticating all possible future consequences of said statement. Unbelievable! You can't make this stuff up....

  • Phyllis Patterson

    01/17/2018 02:54 PM

    Where were his tears of rage at the rape of a 6-year in his home state of New Jersey by an illegal.

  • Bruce Worley

    01/17/2018 11:26 AM

    I watched much of the hearing on our "snow day" and thought she was articulate, well informed and unraveled by the constant barrage of questioning about one stupid word that was said. As a former sailor who was guilty of using salty language I too have called places names that in no way disparaged the people of that place, but simply and acknowledgement that they lived in terrible situations. I think we are in danger when we try to read someone's thoughts by one word that was said in a heated discussion when many blowhards and hotheads.