I’ve heard some silly rants given at exactly the wrong time by politicians in Washington DC over the years, but the callous, shameful nature of RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse‘s rant today in the middle of the Oklahoma City tornado disaster is one of the worst cases of poor judgment I’ve ever heard of from anyone.
The Senator utilized precious time in the midst of a tragedy to push his political agenda. What’s worse is that he did so from the perspective of being the victim of events that have happened in Alabama, Texas, and now Oklahoma. “When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover,” he said.
Wow. Talk about bad timing. Talk about insensitivity. Dead bodies were still being pulled out of the rubble in Oklahoma City when this disgraceful, petty man thought it necessary to complain about the economic impact it would have on his home state. At the moment that mothers were crying over the bodies of their dead children, Sheldon Whitehouse felt it was the ideal moment to complain about how it all affected him, how he was one of the victims of these tragedies, how it was the evil Republicans and their position on climate change that was creating events that caused his state financial troubles.
Shame on you, Senator. Shame on you for being opportunistic. Shame on you for attempting to draw attention away from the people of Moore, Oklahoma, who just had two schools leveled, who were desperately trying to find an entire third grade class while you maniacally ranted about federal aid for natural disasters somehow induced by the Republican minority in the Senate. You would be a fowl American if you were an American at all, but it is impossible for me to classify someone as an American when they use disgraceful political tactics like that.
Here’s a section of his rant from the Daily Caller:
“So, you may have a question for me,” Whitehouse said. “Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.”
Whitehouse went on to condemn the current Republican position on global warming, citing economic, environmental and diplomatic damages.
“You drag America with you to your fate,” he continued. “So, I want this future: I want a Republican Party that has returned to its senses and is strong and a worthy adversary in a strong America that has done right by its people and the world. That’s what I want. I don’t want this future. I don’t want a Republican Party disgraced, that let its extremists run off the cliff, and an America suffering from grave economic and environmental and diplomatic damage because we failed, because we didn’t wake up and do our duty to our people, and because we didn’t lead the world. I do not want that future. But that’s where we’re headed. So I will keep reaching out and calling out, ever hopeful that you will wake up before it is too late.”