Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11) is just really, really good at this! Here’s a sampling…and check out the full video, below, of Connolly mocking Republicans for falsely blaming the Biden administration for the many, many Trump foreign policy disasters:
Rep. Connolly: “Apparently, you have singlehandedly left the world in a mess. There’s no historic context. So I want to ask a series of questions to try to get my mind around the history behind things. So for example, the Chairman mentioned Iran’s about to become a nuclear power. Oh my! How could that happen? Well, Mr. Secretary, was there an agreement, I dunno, anywhere, that actually pushed back the nuclear development in Iran and in fact was working in all respects in terms of metrics?”
Sec. Blinken: “There was, it was called the JCPOA, and it put Iran’s nuclear program in a box, as verified not only by international inspectors but by our own intelligence community.”
Rep. Connolly: “Ah, I remember that now. And I seem to recall my friends on the other side of the aisle OPPOSED it. And then what happened to that agreement that was working?”
Sec. Blinken: “The previous administration decided to leave the agreement.”
Rep. Connolly: “I’m sorry Mr. Secretary, couldn’t hear that.”
Sec. Blinken: “Yes, the previous administration decided to leave the agreement.”
Rep. Connolly: “The Trump administration?”
Sec. Blinken: “That’s correct.”
Rep. Connolly: “Ah, ok. My, my.”
And then the same basic routine for Afghanistan (Trump’s administration negotiated with the Taliban a deal “that called for the withdrawal of all American forces from Afghanistan by May 31, 2021, released 5,000 Taliban prisoners”); Putin (Trump said he believed this “sociopath” over the U.S. intelligence community); Ukraine (Trump denied sending Javelins to Ukraine); NATO (in fact, we badly need NATO, unlike what Trump falsely claimed); and the climate crisis (Trump recklessly pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement).
“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my” – indeed!