Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had the audacity to attack Republican Sen. and war veteran Tom Cotton, and instantly regretted it.
Schumer got into a verbal altercation with Cotton over the nomination of Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA. The Democrat had asked for a delay of Pompeo’s confirmation, and Republicans agreed under the condition that Pompeo would be confirmed on Inauguration Day.
Schumer of course, reneged on his promise, and that’s when the fireworks started.
Schumer attacked Cotton and said that the Senate had never previously confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day, and that Cotton would have known that if he had been in the Senate 8 years earlier during President Obama’s first days in office.
Well, that was a big mistake.
“Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, shouted, “so don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.”
Via the Weekly Standard:
The Senate reconvened after the inaugural ceremonies on Friday, with Pompeo’s nomination set to come up at 4:50pm. Cotton angrily confronted Schumer about his broken promise. According to witnesses, Schumer told Cotton to lower his voice and asked him move off of the Senate floor to an adjacent hallway for a private discussion. “We need to take this out into the hallway,” Schumer said. Cotton walked with Schumer but loudly rejected his first request. “Don’t tell me to lower my voice!” he shouted, with an additional salty admonition tacked on for emphasis. Burr and Cornyn were present, as was Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and several aides.
Schumer told Cotton that the Senate had never previously confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day and if Cotton had been around eight years earlier, he’d know that Republicans didn’t extend that courtesy for incoming president Barack Obama. “Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton snapped. “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.”
You can see part of the intense confrontation below …
This isn’t the first time that Cotton has thoroughly destroyed a top Democrat for being a disgrace to their profession.
In May of 2016, Cotton took to the chamber floor and blasted Senator Harry Reid for his “bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings” and his “cancerous leadership,” – an extremely rare move in the stuffy, “cordial” U.S. Senate.
“As a junior senator, I preside over the Senate,” Cotton said at the time. “I usually do in the morning, which means I am forced to listen to the bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings of the Minority Leader. Normally, like every other American, I ignore them.”
Cotton is a no-nonsense kind of man. And Schumer just got a tough lesson – never scold an American war veteran.
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