Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) on Wednesday put a C-SPAN caller in his place after he asked the congressman to defend President Obama from a laundry list of scandals coveted by conservatives.
The caller rattled off a list including Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA surveillance, Fast and Furious and the Veterans Affairs scandal. He also asked Himes to address the theory that Obama was responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown, not Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“Any other president would have been laughed out of office by now if he’d have been a Republican,” the caller said. “This guy gets away with murder!”
“That was quite a list,” Himes said after the caller completed his recitation of 20 or so scandals and conspiracies.
The congressman began to defend Obama, but instead suggested a different news diet to the caller.
“I will try to attend to defend — actually, I’m not going to,” Himes said. “Look, with all due respect, Bob, maybe a little more C-SPAN and a little bit less Fox News. That was the grab bag of everything that Fox News and my friends on the Republican Caucus of the House in particular have tried to hang around the president.”
Himes then addressed the Benghazi scandal, telling the caller that conspiracies surrounding the attack pinning it to the President have been proven inaccurate.
“There’s been absolutely zero evidence that the President had any hand in any one of these particular so-called scandals that the Republicans have desperately been trying to promote,” he said. “This president has had his weaknesses and his mistakes, but the idea that he is manufacturing out of the White House conspiracy after conspiracy is just a figment of Fox News’ imagination.”
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