Oh boy, buckle up folks, because things got real spicy at a House hearing recently. The initial plan was to grill Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, but it looks like that goal was quickly tossed out the window. According to the trusty Washington Examiner, chaos erupted when a witness decided to unleash a verbal attack on a senior Democrat. And you know our conservative friends didn’t waste any time defending their own kind!
It all went down at the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington, where lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were present. After the witnesses finished their opening remarks, things quickly spiraled into a fiery argument. The star player of this drama was none other than former Drug Enforcement Administration official Derek Maltz, a Republican witness who decided to let loose on Democrat Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.
House hearing on Mayorkas derailed after witness verbally attacks top Democrat https://t.co/9cmX1Nljs3
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 20, 2023
Maltz didn’t hold back, sarcastically apologizing to Thompson, saying they were wasting his precious time. Thompson, of course, demanded an explanation for such a direct jab. But Maltz didn’t back down, saying that Thompson called the hearing a “charade,” all while innocent kids are supposedly dying at record levels. Ouch, well, that must’ve stung for Thompson.
Chairman Mark Green, a Republican from Tennessee, had to step in and remind Maltz (and everyone else) about the decorum rules, which apparently forbade addressing other panel members in such a manner. But our Democrat friends, Representatives Glenn Ivey and Troy Carter, weren’t too pleased with Green’s intervention. They felt he didn’t do enough to put Maltz in his rightful place. Cue the finger-wagging and righteous indignation.
But wait, there’s more! Republican Dan Bishop jumped into the fray, accusing Thompson of disrespecting the witness. He claimed that Thompson’s earlier remarks embarrassed everyone involved and provoked Maltz’s outburst. It’s like a political ping-pong match, folks, back and forth, back and forth.
Thankfully, Chairman Green managed to corral the chaos and get the hearing back on track. Kudos to him for keeping his cool amidst the ruckus. Although, I wonder if anyone whipped out a popcorn bag during this epic showdown. It sure would’ve made for great entertainment.
Now, let’s get to the big question: what does this all mean for Mayorkas? Well, he wasn’t even present at the hearing, so it seems like he got lucky this time. But hey, conservatives smell something fishy in the air. Is this just another liberal scam, a charade to divert attention? Or could Mayorkas actually face some consequences down the road? Only time will tell, my friends.
But one thing’s for sure, this House hearing definitely had more drama than a soap opera. Grab your popcorn, folks, ’cause it’s going to be an interesting show.
Source: Conservative Institute