'One of the most grievous acts': House Democrats shuts down GOP lawmaker who famously insulted Obama
Few members of Congress are able to instantaneously gain national attention on live television, catapulting their status from unknown backbencher to overnight demagogue, but U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) is one of the few.
Many remember his outburst during a joint session of Congress, when the 535 or so members of the House and Senate sat together in Sept. of 2009 to hear President Barack Obama make his case for reforming the U.S. healthcare system, which led to he passage of the Affordable Care Act.
As President Obama told the people's elected leaders that ObamaCare would not insure undocumented immigrants, that "the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally," Congressman Wilson shouted out, "You lie!"
It was moment so stunning, such a historic breach of protocol and respect for the Office of the President, that the House voted 240-179 to reprimand him.
On Monday Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly (photo) delivered a different kind of reprimand, after Rep. Wilson used his time during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Afghanistan to read a tabloid opinion piece claiming President Joe Biden lied about the withdrawal.
Congressman Connolly accused Wilson of "committing one of the most grievous acts" and suggested he "take more care about enumerating other alleged lies."
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) calls out the damaged credibility of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) for having yelled “You lie!”… https://t.co/gc8qUi85Bx— The Recount (@The Recount) 1631562543.0
Many agreed with the Democrat from Virginia:
Joe Wilson of SC was the national embarrassment who shouted "You lie!" at Barack Obama. His rant at the Foreign Aff… https://t.co/38K4jOvujC— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein) 1631561046.0
Go @GerryConnolly shut Joe Wilson's sorry butt down!!— Sophia A. Nelson (@Sophia A. Nelson) 1631561092.0
Joe Wilson tried to lie his way into 2021 relevancy. Gerald Connolly slapped him back down into 2009.… https://t.co/Np4BbiP63J— Evan (@Evan) 1631562246.0
Rep. Joe. Wilson of South Carolina would be a more compelling partisan attack dog if he first learned to read befo… https://t.co/ed851JiwMr— Scot Lehigh (@Scot Lehigh) 1631561041.0
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) doesn’t really ask a question of Sec. Blinken regarding Afghanistan withdrawal, but does cal… https://t.co/veZs9c4AaS— Chase Laudenslager (@Chase Laudenslager) 1631561224.0
@RepJoeWilson Joe Wilson of SC was the national embarrassment who shouted "You lie!" at Barack Obama. His rant at t… https://t.co/ArBFMtEklc— Steven McCraw (@Steven McCraw) 1631563134.0
Rep. Joe Wilson in spectacular fashion as always spends his entire time reading as if it's something new, denigrati… https://t.co/zIXJUs4UGK— JimWyler (@JimWyler) 1631561589.0
Rep. @GerryConnolly just put on a master class in this hearing, smacking down Trump, Pompeo & Wilson, and injection… https://t.co/N6hwpfnFWi— Tom Perriello (@Tom Perriello) 1631561347.0
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