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Video: On Fox “News” (Where Else?), Rep. “Bob” Wittman (R-VA01) Spews Nonsense, Hypocritical B.S.

Vangie Williams correctly calls Wittman's remarks "an insult to the intelligence of the people of the 1st District and all Americans"

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One of the hardest things about covering Virginia politics is trying to figure out who the most insufferable, worthless Republican elected officials are. Among Virginia’s Congressional delegation, I definitely leaned towards Bob BADlatte the past few years, with Dave Brat and Morgan Griffith certainly in the running, and several others (Tom Garrett, Barbara Comstock, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor) not far behind.

Well, this morning on Fox “News” (where else?), Rep. Rob Wittman (VA01) made his case for moving up in the “most insufferable, worthless Republican elected official” ranking, with his sniveling, idiotic, b.s.-spewing performance. See the video below, as well as a press release from 2018 Democratic VA-01 nominee Vangie Williams (who has announced she’s running against Wittman again in 2020, by the way). Let’s just start with the fact that the government was shut down by Trump and the Republicans back in December, when Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress! And now, with Republicans still controlling the White House and the Senate, the Trump/GOP shutdown continues for one simple reason: House and Senate Republicans who could end it today, by simply voting in a veto-proof majority to reopen the government, refuse to do so. And yes, that includes invertebrates like “Bob” (as the Fox “News” host incorrectly calls him) Wittman. Or Witt-less, as I think it’s more accurate to call him. Ugh…where do these people come from and who the heck votes for them???

P.S. The top-rated responses on Witt-less’ Facebook wall right now read: 1) “Why do y’all keep blaming Nancy when you controlled the senate, house and presidency for 2 years. We can see what’s going on.”; 2) “You need to ask Mitch McConnell to allow the Senate to vote to reopen the Government”; 3) “pen the government and then work on securing the borders. You don’t have to tie the two together. The government should never be shut down by either party or the President.”

Official Response to Congressman Rob Wittman’s Appearance on Fox News

Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R – VA01) appeared on Fox News to comment on the federal government shutdown and how it is related to ongoing discussions about border security.  During the on-air interview, Wittman said, “people have a right to expect their government to work.”  He went on to state that the American people are coming to understand how bad the crisis is at the southern border.

His hypocritical statements today on Fox News are nothing less than an insult to the intelligence of the people of the 1st District and all Americans.

First, Rob Wittman says he wants to reopen the government, but he actually voted against doing so.  Not only did he miss a vote on the House floor to consider the legislation to reopen the government, once the legislation was up for final vote, he voted against it.

Second, he stated that he asked Speaker Pelosi to keep the House in session through the weekend to come up with an agreement to fund the border wall to end the shutdown.

To that I have one simple answer: 382 days.

That’s how many Legislative Days the House of Representatives was in session during the 115th Congress (2017-18).  The GOP House and Senate majorities had 382 days to pass bills to fund the border wall.  Rob Wittman had 382 days to make the border wall a top priority and do something about it.  Instead, Rob Wittman voted repeatedly for spending bill after spending bill and never said a single word about a border wall.

It is clear to me and the people of the 1st District that Rob Wittman’s concern about the border wall is purely partisan and political in nature.

Third, Rob Wittman stated that the American people and even The Washington Postrecognize that there is a crisis at the border.   What he failed to mention was that The Post’s coverage cited the current administration as the reason for the crisis.  Wittman failed to mention that more people are returning to Mexico than entering from Mexico.  He also failed to mention that the border crisis has been largely created by separating immigrant families (and keeping children in detention facilities) and refusing to follow existing laws when it comes to those seeking asylum.

It’s a sad day when Congressman Rob Wittman must resort to outright dishonesty to justify his political positions.  Instead of fighting for the tens of thousands of families who are being negatively impacted by the shutdown, Rob Wittman is playing petty partisan politics.

I’ve said it before and I will certainly say it again: I don’t care whether it’s a Democrat or Republican in the White House, I don’t care who’s in the leadership in Congress, I will always stand up for what’s right for the people of the 1st District.

It’s sad that Rob Wittman can’t or won’t do the same.

That’s why we deserve better.