The Most Violent Rhetoric Used in Washington as Congress Debates Budget
With a Republican House battling a Democratic Senate, the war of words is getting hyperbolic
President Obama, setting the tone for the debate over federal spending currently consuming Washington, likens Republicans to "extremists." Others have gone further. Indeed, here are some of the most extreme examples of violent rhetoric that have featured into the debate over the 2014 federal budget:
- Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said a possible government shutdown amounts to a "war on women":
- Bloomberg Columnist Jonathan Alter called conservatives pushing to defund ObamaCare a "suicide caucus":
- White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the president will not "negotiat[e] with people with a bomb strapped to their chest":
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Republicans trying to defund ObamaCare "anarchists":
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Republicans "legislative arsonists":
- Pfeiffer also compared Republicans to burglars/arsonists:
- Georgetown professor and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson compared Republicans to the Iranian leadership; noting the recent phone call between President Obama and Hassan Rouhani and the chilly dialog between the president and Speaker John Boehner, Dyson asked, "Who is the real terrorist?"
- Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said politics in Washington were approaching Civil War levels of discord:
- Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said Republicans' tactics amount to holding "a gun to people's heads":
- Liberal radio host Stephanie Miller called members of the Republican Party "suicide bombers":
- Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) said Republicans are waging "jihad" against Americans seeking health care.
- Thom Hartmann likened Ted Cruz -- "the guy orchestrating this thing" -- to 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed:
- President Obama said Republicans are "putting a gun to the head of the American people":
To be continued ...