The GOP’s plans to repeal Obamacare have been in disarray, and, as the Senate votes on whether to repeal Tuesday, one Texas Republican congressman says he knows who is to blame: “Some female senators from the Northeast.”
As CNN reports, U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold expressed his disappointment over GOP holdouts on the repeal during an interview with the Texas radio station Keys 1440 AM.
“Listen, the fact that the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do is just absolutely repugnant to me,” he told host Bob Jones. “Some of the people that are opposed to this — there are some female senators from the Northeast.”
Farenthold appears to be referring to Republican senators Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — and to be fair, he has a point. The three female representatives have said that they will not support the repeal of Obamacare without a viable replacement bill. And, as The New York Times notes, “their objections have little to do with their sex and more to do with the legislation’s cuts to Medicaid.”
For what it’s worth, Farenthold also has a solution for any male senators who stand in the way of the repeal. “If it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” he said, apparently referring to the 1804 duel that killed Alexander Hamilton. On Tuesday, Collins reacted to Farenthold’s remarks. According to The Associated Press, Collins was overheard telling a colleague, “I don’t mean to be unkind but he’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable.” Listen to audio of the conversation here. By Tuesday afternoon, the two Republican lawmakers had apologized to one another, CNN reported.
Welcome to 21st century America, folks.
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