Bizarre and Disturbing


Where did this come from? Today on the Diane Rehm Show, Rehm pressed Sen. Bernie Sanders on whether or not he is a US-Israeli dual citizen. He’s not. After pressing the point and having him deny it, she shifted gears to “Are there members of Congress who do have dual citizenship or is that part of the fable?”

A lot of things that are offensive or maybe shocking are … well, not really that shocking because look who the person is. Think of this as the Gohmert Principle. But this … yes, I’m genuinely shocked. What was Rehm thinking? Saying she found it on “a list we have gotten” hardly inspires a lot of confidence.

What particularly struck me about the back and forth is this: Rehm asks her question. Sanders denies it. She presses again. He denies it. At this point, maybe you figure she just got put in a really awkward position by an idiot researcher (though that’s dubious because even a half-educated person would recognize the incendiary nature of the question), so she might say, well, I’m sorry we oblivious had some bad information there. But she doesn’t. She asks about whether there are other members of Congress with dual citizenship.