Chuck Schumer is known as a fierce partisan who is all too happy to launch baseless smear attacks against Republicans.
He tried running his mouth at Republican senator Tom Cotton.
He instantly regretted his decision.
Schumer and Cotton got into a spat on the floor of the Senate over the Democrats decision to delay the confirmation vote of Mike Pompeo to head the CIA.
Democrats had initially agreed to vote to confirm Pompeo along with Trump’s other picks to run the Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security on inauguration day.
Schumer led the Democrats to stab Trump in the back and break their word by delaying the vote on confirming Pompeo.
Senator Cotton confronted Schumer about his reneging on his agreement, and that’s when Schumer tried to dismiss Cotton by flippantly accusing him of not being around eight years ago when Senate Republicans did the same to Obama.
Unfortunately for Schumer, Cotton was serving in Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. army, which he forcefully reminded Chuck Schumer.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Sens. Tom Cotton and Chuck Schumer reportedly got into an angry confrontation on the Senate floor Friday over Senate Democrats delaying the confirmation of Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director, The Weekly Standard reports.
Cotton was reportedly irate with Schumer’s delay of the confirmation vote and loudly accosted him on the Senate floor. Schumer retorted that the Senate had never confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day, adding that Senate Republicans did not do the same for former President Barack Obama. He continued that Cotton would have known this if he had been in the Senate eight years ago.
“Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton reportedly shot back. He continued, “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.” Cotton served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in the U.S. Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.”
Democrats stalling tactics on the Pompeo nomination was part of a larger effort to undermine the Trump administration.
By blocking his nominees from taking office, they could slow down the administration’s ability to implement policy.
In matter of national security, that can be deadly.
And Tom Cotton, a man who served his country in both Afghanistan and Iraq, had no time for Chuck Schumer and the Democrats playing games with Trump’s nominees.
When he confronted Schumer, the Democrat leader quickly adopted the position of hard-bitten partisan.
But it came back to bite him when he glibly dismissed Cotton by questioning where he was when Obama’s CIA Director wasn’t confirmed on day one.
Cotton couldn’t have known anything about it because he was off fighting for America against terrorist networks looking to kill our citizens in Afghanistan.
This was a fact he was more than happy to remind Schumer of.
And Schumer came out of the confrontation looking like a fool.