Perry Wonders If Obama Released Bergdahl To Distract From VA Scandal

|
June 4, 2014 5:10 p.m.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he has caught onto President Obama’s sneaky tactic of igniting a new scandal in order to distract from an older one.

On Tuesday Perry suggested that Obama negotiated for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in order to distract from the Veterans Affairs scandal.

“Here’s the bigger concern for me, and I really would like for somebody to take a look at this and answer it — was this done to take the VA off the front page of the newspapers? An absolute debacle that we’ve seen this administration not taking care of the men and women of our military, and this kind of happened all of a sudden it seems like,” Perry said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

Perry referenced statements by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), claiming that Obama broke the law by not consulting Congress before releasing five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The governor then bashed Obama’s foreign policy approach in general.

“What is the foreign policy that’s going into place here? Is it just haphazard?” Perry asked. “Is it just, whatever we need to do to move a press story a day to get something off the front page of the papers? I don’t know. But, it’s really troubling.”

Various right-wing pundits have already suggested that the Bergdahl prisoner swap was a distraction from the scandal surrounding the Phoenix VA hospital.

Watch the clip via the Huffington Post:

Newsletters
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.
Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: