On radio this morning, Glenn played some remarkable audio from Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talking about his Republican colleague Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX). Speaking on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams last night, Sen. McCain was asked if the Senate had lost its sense of decorum. Williams cited a comment Rep. Gohmert made linking Sen. McCain to al Qaeda.
“I want to play again, I want to play again what John McCain just said about Louie Gohmert,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I want you to listen to this. Now, John McCain was overseas in Syria arming Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. And he was hanging out with a top leader. Now, our guys who work on For the Record, they were looking at all of the pictures and they were like, ‘Oh, my gosh, look who he's standing with. That's one of the top leaders of Al-Qaeda.’”
“So that's why Louie Gohmert said that he was siding with Al-Qaeda or whatever the quote was,” Pat added. “I don't remember exactly what he said.”
The comment in question was made during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, in which Rep. Gohmert said:
GOHMERT: Over in the Middle East, we talk to allies and they wonder which one of us are going to be the next ones that you throw under the bus. When it comes to the shutdown that’s going on, I heard just before I came on, some senator from Arizona — a guy that liked Gadhafi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy that liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that’s been to Syria and supported al Qaeda and the rebels — but he was saying today the shutdown has been a fool’s errand, and I agree with him. The president and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down.
“Now listen,” Glenn said sarcastically, “after all of the things that John Boehner, that Peter King and everybody else has called Ted Cruz - Brian Williams and NBC decide to bring up to the good senator, the very good senator who could never say a bad word about Ted Kennedy, a killer, could never say a bad word about anybody, Brian Williams wants to talk to this good senator about decorum.”
BRIAN WILLIAMS: Is this the way we do business now in Washington? Is consensus dead, is compromise dead? And how about decorum? You have very nicely passed it off, but recently Congressman Gohmert of Texas called you an Al-Qaeda supporter and it hardly made a blimp in all the talk.
JOHN McCAIN: Well, on that particular issue sometimes those are -- comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence, I don't view it as being a malicious statement.
“Brian Williams' question was: Is compromise dead. Who was it that said ‘I will not compromise’? It was the president. So is compromise dead? Yes,” Glenn explained. “This president declared it dead. Is bribery dead? No, it's not. Bribery is alive and well. All you have to do is be very clever with how you bribe your constituents to make sure that you get into office. Mitch McConnell.”
“By the way,” Stu added. “Did I hear that right or did John McCain respond to a question about decorum with a stupid joke? I mean that's the decorum?”
“Of course it is,” Glenn concluded. “Of course it is.”
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