Republican Senator Orrin Hatch completely lost his shit when Senator Sherrod Brown spoke the truth about the GOP tax bill. This is an epic meltdown. And it proves that Republicans really can’t handle the truth.
Late Thursday night, there were some major fireworks at a Senate Finance Committee hearing. The committee’s chairman Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) absolutely blew up on Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) after he accused the Republicans of writing the tax bill “for the rich.”
The exchange came at the end of their meeting when Brown was pointing out, correctly, that the Republicans are lying when they say that this is a tax cut for the middle class. Hatch, who is normally mild-mannered, then completely lost it.
Hatch shouted at Brown,
“I come from the poor people, and I have been here working my whole stinkin’ career for people who don’t have a chance, and I really resent anybody that says I’m doing it for the rich! Give me a break. I think you guys overplay all the time, and it gets old. And frankly, you ought to quit it.”
The angry Republican continued,
“What you said was not right. I come from the lower middle class, originally. We didn’t have anything. So don’t spew that stuff on me. I get a little tired of that crap. Let me just say something. If we worked together, we could pull this country out of every mess it is in. We could do a lot of the things that you are talking about, too. I think I have had reputation for working together.”
Hatch might have originally come from the lower middle class, but this piece of legislation he is now championing is entirely designed to benefit corporations and the very wealthy. What he is doing now will not help poor families, regardless of how Hatch was raised.
It would be nice if both parties worked together to solve the country’s problems. Hatch is right about that. But shouting at Brown about working together when the Republicans completely shut out any Democratic input when they crafted this bill is a bit of a joke.
Even after Hatch said he wanted to work together, when Brown said, “OK, then let’s start with CHIP,” Hatch immediately said no way.
“I like you very much personally,” Hatch said to Brown. “But this bullcrap that you guys throw out here really gets old after a while. And then to do it right at the end of this is just not right.”
Orrin Hatch might not like being confronted with the truth. But he’d better get used to it. The Democrats are not going to just roll over and allow Trump and the Republicans to lie to the American people.
Sherrod Brown was right. The Republicans did write this bill for the rich.