It’s next to impossible to take members of Congress at face value. Prepared remarks, polished statements, and talking points rule the day whenever they speak, and they proceed to do whatever the heck they want when it comes time to actually vote on their promises.
Oftentimes, whatever the heck they feel like doing is in stark contrast to promises they made out on the trail, but that’s another topic for another day.
Career politicians are polished public speakers by nature, and they always have a statement at the ready to get themselves in the headlines.
While that comes with the territory, there are times when their profile boosting ways cross the line in unfathomable fashion.
That was the case yesterday when Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) released a statement on President Donald Trump’s decision on DACA.
Gutierrez crossed the line and made it incredibly personal, and he directly attacked the character of a person that has dedicated his life to serving the country that he loves.
Independent Journal Review reports:
In response to Trump’s decision, many commenters and even the former president of the United States have weighed in. However, one of the most fiery and borderline unhinged responses has come from a Democratic congressman from Illinois. Luis Gutierrez represents the 4th district of Illinois and has so for nearly 20 years. The congressman did not hold back in his criticism of Trump’s decision to end DACA, saying in a statement:
Immigrant youth, immigrant families, and our allies in all sectors of American life are here to stay, regardless of the President’s mass deportation fantasies and objectives.
America is a better country than its President and most Americans do not want to see documented immigrants converted into undocumented immigrants.
Potshots at the commander-in-chief are not a new phenomenon among lawmakers, but Gutierrez proceeded to kick things up a notch with wild accusations.
The congressman went on to say the Trump administration has “white supremacist” goals (emphasis added):
This Administration is on a very dangerous trajectory towards the full-throated endorsement of white supremacy—the likes of which we haven’t seen in the open from a sitting President for a century… But this action on DACA to pull the rug out from under almost 800,000 documented immigrants who have lived here for at least ten years and cast them back into the shadows is the ugliest act of appeasement for the far-right’s white-supremacist goals of them all, so far.
Mission accomplished for Gutierrez. He got his headlines for one of the day’s biggest news stories. But he wasn’t done.
He decided it would be perfectly fine to attack the character of someone that serves at the pleasure of the president.
After all of the service that John Kelly has given to his country, it seems unwise to attack his military credentials, yet this is exactly what Gutierrez did. In the same press release, Gutierrez said Kelly has “disgraced” his uniform and likens him to a “white supremacist” (emphasis added):
General Kelly, when he was the head of Homeland Security, lied straight to the faces of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about preventing the mass deportation of DREAMers. Now as Chief of Staff, this former general is executing the plan to take away their lifeline and taking steps to criminalize young people who live and work here legally.
General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear. He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the President’s actions by ‘just following orders.
This is wrong on so many levels that it’s impossible to count them all.
In order to make your political point, you feel the need to roll out a bunch of wild accusations that are not grounded in reality. For good measure, you personally assail a four-star Marine general that just so happens to be serving in the White House.
Politics aside, how is this ok?
Should this simply be dismissed because Gutierrez is so darn passionate about this issue.
No, it shouldn’t. Gutierrez should be unbelievably ashamed and embarrassed that he thought it was good idea to take it to this level, but we’ll venture a guess that those emotions are nonexistent for him at the moment.
Congratulations, Rep. Gutierrez. You got your headlines. Unfortunately, the collateral damage is your reputation and any possibility that any rational observers will ever take you seriously again.
Source: Independent Journal Review